Trade practices hearing in Medford today

OregonCongressman Ron Wyden will lead a Senate hearing in Medford today to investigate unfair and potentially illegal Chinese hardwood plywood trade practices.

The session, which begins at noon in council chambers at Medford City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St., will look at the adverse impact the practices have on the domestic hardwood plywood industry and federal timber receipts.

Nearly 2,000 Oregonians work in the hardwood plywood industry, including about 800 in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties.

Testifying at the hearing will be Joe Gonyea III of Timber Products Company, which employs almost 400 workers in Grants Pass and Medford, Phil Guay of Columbia Forest Products, which employs almost 400 workers in Klamath Falls, and Tom Chamberlain of the Oregon AFL-CIO. Government officials will also testify.

Wyden is working with the industry and the administration to investigate alleged practices ranging from Chinese subsidies of its timber industry to fraudulent labeling of Chinese hardwood plywood, according to a Wyden spokesman.

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