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washingtonpost.com — As visitors to this week's G-20 summit in Pittsburgh are frequently reminded, the host city has bounced back from the collapse of its steel industry in the 1980s.
But for the city's preeminent union, the United Steelworkers, the arguments that began here decades ago over the threat of foreign trade are far from settled.
On Friday, the United Steelworkers weighed whether to join a trade case accusing China of dumping seamless steel tubes in the United States. Earlier this week, it launched a lawsuit with three U.S. manufacturers against Chinese imports of coated paper. These actions closely followed two trade victories the union garnered earlier this month with a tariff on Chinese tires and a favorable decision on other steel products.
inthesetimes.com — The need for a second economic stimulus focused directly on job creation could not be more urgent right now.
"If you stop right now, [the economy] will slide right back" into a recession, declared new AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka at a "shadow summit" held by international labor leaders that coincided with last week's G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh.
"The labor leaders don't want the G-20 leaders to formulate "an exit strategy (from the recession) without good jobs at the heart," Sharan Burrow, president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, said during a news conference. Without an employment strategy, a G-20 declaration will be rejected by labor, Burrow said.
huffingtonpost.com — Sure, we don't like the fact that Wall Street's fantasy finance casino crashed the economy, but even that has a positive environmental angle. The collapse has slowed down the world economy, slowed down production and transportation, and therefore has slowed down the output of carbon. And besides, the manufacturing sector accounts for fewer and fewer jobs each year, so why should we give a damn about it? Because no society can endure for long if it fails to create decent jobs for all its people.
"Vandalism" screams the cover of The Economist, depicting President Obama leaving an ice pick in the tire of free trade. (No racial overtones there; after all, as the president explained, he was black before he was elected.)