STOPP Launches Campaign To Save Local Newspapers and Jobs

Stop Tariffs On Printers and Publishers (STOPP) launched a print and digital advertisement campaign today in Washington to bring light to potential additional job losses in the news and printing industries.

“Our members want to make sure decision makers understand the impact this case will have on over 600,000 jobs in the publishing and printing industries,” said Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy at the Arlington, Virginia-based News Media Alliance. “These tariffs have already had a disruptive impact on the news industry with increased costs, job loss and supply issues. We are doing everything we can to make sure that local newspapers do not become extinct.”

“It is critical for decision makers in Washington to be aware of how tariffs on newsprint and book print will hurt commercial printing companies all over the country,” said Lisbeth Lyons, vice president of government affairs at Printing Industries of America (PIA). “If higher newsprint prices and supply shortages force cutbacks in publishing and advertising, printers, along with the hundreds of manufacturing companies that produce graphic communications equipment, will suffer. PIA will fight for our member companies and to protect jobs across our industry.”

The News Media Alliance has conducted surveys which show that 70 percent of newspapers said they would have to take measures to cut their consumption and about 38 percent said they were looking at laying off workers. The International Trade Commission has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, July 17. The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a preliminary decision and is already collecting import taxes of over 30 percent in some cases on Canadian newsprint.

Background: STOPP is a group of printers, publishers, paper suppliers and distributors that represent mostly small businesses in local communities that employ more than 600,000 workers in the United States. They have joined together to fight proposed government tariffs on newsprint that have been initiated by petitions filed by a single newsprint mill, NORPAC, an outlier in the industry that is owned by a New York private equity firm, with no additional pulp or paper operations in the United States or globally. The proposed tariffs will force STOPP’s member companies to cut jobs not only at newspapers, commercial printing, and book publishing operations, but throughout the supply chain, such as paper manufacturers, ink suppliers, fuel producers, and equipment manufacturers.

The Los Angeles Times – Canadian newsprint tariffs start to take a toll on U.S. newspaper industry

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Publishers coping with higher costs from tariffs on Canadian newsprint

Editorial: The Washington Post – Dispute Over Tariffs On Newsprint Is Costing Journalists Their Jobs

Congressional delegations from Florida, Missouri and New Mexico have written letters to the U.S. Government to object to the trade case. In addition, letters signed by over 50 elected officials, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Congressional members such as: Susan Collins, Angus King, Johnny Isakson, Ralph Norman, Liz Cheney, Kristi Noem, Brian Higgins among many others have also been sent. All letters available here.

Visit STOPP for additional information and a future petition.