I read Brian O’Neill’s column about steel tube being dumped (“Patriotism Is Pipe Dream to Some Steel Purchasers,” June 8) from a historical perspective.
Start searching the PG archives and you’ll find lots of articles about foreign countries dumping their products to the detriment of American workers and industries. This has been going on for a very long time.
I got a chuckle about U.S. Steel asking the U.S. Department of Commerce for help. It has been less than useless, especially when it comes to protecting our foreign “friends” like South Korea.
Back when I worked at Homestead Works (1978-81), our useless congressional reps would tell us that they would protect our jobs, but cries of “protectionism” and “anti-free trade” from those whose agenda was anti-union would drown out any efforts to level the playing field for American taxpaying workers.
To sum it up, “When it’s all said and done, more will be said than done.”
McKeesport was already devastated; the loss of National Tube won’t hit as hard as it did 30 years ago.