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Teamsters backing call for OCTG case

Keywords: Tags  Teamsters union, South Korea, oil country tubular goods, OCTG, anti-dumping, James Hoffa, Dennis Pierce, Freddie Simpson Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Senior members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union have called on the U.S. Commerce Department to "fully weigh the concerns of the U.S. steel industry" as it conducts final investigations in an anti-dumping probe against oil country tubular goods (OCTG) imports from South Korea.

"American steel producers employ 8,000 workers across the country making OCTG, and each of those jobs supports seven more in the supply chain," Teamsters president James Hoffa, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen president Dennis Pierce and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees division president Freddie Simpson, wrote in a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

"The steel produced for the U.S. energy market accounts for 10 percent of domestic production. It is imperative that American OCTG producers have a level playing field on which to compete," they added.

The Teamsters urged Pritzker to devote "all available resources" to make sure the information sought from the countries being investigated is accurate.

A final decision in the anti-dumping case is set to be released July 10.

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