PROTEST: Teamsters to protest DOT's Illegal Mexican Truck Project

Cross-posted from DailyKos

I just got word that Teamsters in Laredo, Texas, and San Diego, California, are going to protest the DOT's illegal pilot project to allow Mexican trucks beyond the current 25-mile border safety zone tomorow.

I will update with times and places as the details become available.

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UPDATES

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San Diego:

Time: 6 a.m. Sept. 6
Place: 2335 Enrico Fermi Drive, San Diego, Calif. 92154
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Laredo

Time: 9:30 am Sept. 6
Place: 715 Bob Bullock Loop, World Bridge, Laredo, Texas
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More information on the Teamsters stand against the DOT's plan

THE ISSUES
From an earlier diary:


According to the official Teamster statement:
The program breaks laws requiring the Department of Transportation to:

   * Create a program that yields statistically valid findings;
    * Show that U.S. trucks have the same right to travel in Mexico that Mexican-domiciled trucks have to travel here; and
    * Reveal the inspection results for motor carriers allowed to drive beyond the border zone.

A memorandum accompanying the Teamsters motion stated that "In their rush to open the border, FMCSA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are commencing a pilot program that does not comply with the congressional requirements that are statutory prerequisites for the program to begin."

Further ...

"Congress has repeatedly and overwhelmingly set stringent safety conditions for the cross-border trucking program to meet before our borders are thrown open," [Teamsters General President Jim] Hoffa said. "The Transportation Department inspector general's report released Aug. 21 made it clear that those conditions have not been met. The Bush administration's reckless endangerment of the American people is matched only by its brazen disregard for the law of the land."

Among the conditions identified by the inspector general:

   * Border states keep poor records of Mexican-domiciled truck drivers' traffic convictions;
    * Checks of the validity of Mexican-domiciled commercial drivers' licenses against Mexico's database resulted in a failure rate of nearly 20 percent;  
    * The government won't be able to inspect every truck every time it crosses the border;
    * Drug testing continues to be questionable in Mexico.

How many laws can this administration break before we say enough is enough? And for the administration to try to sneak this in during Labor Day weekend?! What a slap in the mouth to anyone who has ever worked for a living. Symbolically this says, we don't give a flip about working people, in fact we are going to devalue even more jobs by opening a new frontier of globalization -- just so we can import more cheap Chinese crap to Wal-Mart, and pass the savings down to you.

That's Bush's ownership society. A society where we can get cheap imports trucked in from Mexican ports -- bypassing U.S. workers and security measures -- to a Wal-Mart near you. And as you watch that Mexican truck in your rearview mirror or in the lane next to you, you'll just have to wonder:


  • How many hours has that driver been on the road? (They are not required to keep hours of service logs);

  • Does that driver have a legitimate commercial drivers license? (22.6% of drivers operating in border zones did not in 2005);

  • Has this driver killed anyone in another traffic accident or have a history of wreckless driving? (There is no database of traffic convictions or commercial driving histories in Mexico).

Well, at least you could take satisfaction by knowing your child is in the back seat happily gnawing on that new Dora the Explorer figure manufactured in China -- hey, at least you saved a few cents on that. And it is so new and shiny!

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