This Week on America’s Business

By April 6, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickTrade and labor issues headline this week’s “America’s Business,” as host Mike Hambrick delves into the major news developments shaping the U.S. economy and manufacturing.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced imposition of countervailing duties on Chinese coated-paper products, the first time this trade remedy had been applied to a non-market economy. We’ll hear from Frank Lavin, undersecretary for trade, who made the case for the action in a recent speech to the National Association of Manufacturers. Our reporters’ roundtable examines the economic and political implications with Ian Swanson of The Hill and Dan Neumann, associate editor of Inside U.S. Trade.

The United States has just concluded a Free Trade Agreement with South Korea, and Charles Uthus, vice president of the Automotive Trade Policy Council, explains why opening the Korean market is so important to U.S. automakers.

The Senate is considering the Employee Free Choice Act, the “card check” legislation that would eliminate secret-ballot elections in the workplace when unions try to organize a business. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA, of the Senate Committee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions discusses the committee’s recent hearing on the legislation. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, condemns the labor power grab behind the bill.

Have a great idea for a new product? Richmond, VA, television news anchor Gene Cox is also an inventor, and he walks us through the process of turning ideas into inventions into money.

Renee Giachino of The American Justice Partnership tells us what’s up in tort reform. And in our regular segments, we hear from “The Factory Floor” of FN Manufacturing, a small arms manufacturer in Columbia, SC; and the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was.” NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word,” previewing an NAM-led delegation to Brazil to promote the Doha WTO talks.

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