Tricom Stages 6 Rallies to Keep American Steel Workers Employed

When news broke that a surge in steel imports put half a million jobs at risk, the Tricom team quickly got to work staging rallies across the country to help the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), US Steel, and the United Steelworkers (USW) to highlight the importance of a level playing field for America’s workers.

Tricom handled the staging, streaming, crew allocation, much of the social media updates, messaging and event planning for the rallies.

In attendance were elected officials, workers, company executives and other community leaders dedicated to bringing good jobs back to hard working Americans and keeping the jobs we already have here.

To support AAM’s outreach efforts, Tricom developed the event plan for each of the six rallies. From Munhall, PA to Lone Star, TX, we traveled wherever steel workers needed us to be.

Tricom helped the AAM, US Steel and USW teams develop workable and engaging timelines for each of the rallies, including speaker times and time of day arrangements.

Tricom also arranged the physical staging of the rallies and provided input on site selection.

Check out these photos of the rallies we’ve put together:

At a time of high demand for Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG), which are the steel tubes and pipes used for oil drilling, the U.S. industry is being squeezed by dumped imports from South Korea and other nations. Failing to fully enforce our trade laws puts American jobs on the line and risks outsourcing the benefits of America’s energy boom.

Thousands of workers will be left vulnerable. OCTG imports doubled from 850,000 tons in 2010 to 1.8 million tons in 2012 ­ a 113% increase. Dumped OCTG imports from South Korea accounted for half of that amount. Foreign imports are often sold at hundreds of dollars per ton less than domestic OCTG products. Domestic industry operating margins fell from 13.6% to 9.8%. The United States has trade remedy laws that serve as the last line of defense for American firms and workers in the face of trade cheating. But when the rules are not effectively enforced, U.S. producers lose sales and profits that go into innovation, plant expansions, and hiring American workers.

U.S. workers deserve a fair shot. You can help.