September 24, 2018 — The American Consumer and Worker Justice Coalition (ACWJC) acknowledges and accepts the decision of the US Trade Representative (USTR) to apply a 10% additional tariff on Vinyl Flooring products being imported into the USA from China. Although we fought for NO additional tariffs, we realize that Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer and his team need to negotiate from a position of strength to achieve their clearly stated goals—fair and equitable trade relations with the People’s Republic of China.
We believe that a swift and effective conclusion to these negotiations will produce the maximum benefits for American citizens, American consumers and American workers. Trade is good, and fair and equitable terms are essential to good trade. The work must continue unabated to resolve our differences and have a successful outcome.
We believe that a government that is working for its citizens, and helping both consumers and workers achieve a better life, is critical to our national mission. We trust Ambassador Lighthizer and his staff share the same values we have at ACWJC.
We further encourage all our elected officials to work across party lines to find solutions to the trade issues so that the benefits can be shared with the maximum number of American citizens.
We are very fortunate to live in this great country and we must remain active in our democratic process to ensure our interests are properly considered in all important national and international matters. Trade is one of the important issues in the world today. Now is the time for leadership and we hope that our small organization was able to contribute some added value to this national conversation.
ACWJC was founded by leaders of the Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA) to promote the interests of consumers, workers and the vinyl flooring industry.
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Susan Bang PR