Here is an update from last week's posting on the Bush plan to allow Mexican long-haul freight trucks to run into the United States.
Working Americans lost in federal court. As soon as this Thursday, working Coloradoans may begin to lose in a more substantive way when Mexican trucking companies and Mexican drivers are permitted to haul Chinese-made goods and produce into the U.S. for distribution.
The mega-transnational corporations and the Bushites are determined to turn the United States into a low-wage, low-benefits, non-union nation ... all for their own profit.
The Teamsters, the Sierra Club and Ralph Nader's 'Public Citizen' made a valiant effort to stop this latest corporatist scheme to impoverish American workers.
We need to say 'No More!' If the radical Republicans and the Dimocrats can't or won't protect American workers, our environment, and our safety and security ... then maybe it's time to try something different.
A federal appeals court denied an emergency motion to stop the Bush administration’s pilot project for allowing Mexico-domiciled trucks to operate in the U.S., which the administration could allow as early as September 6.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an emergency motion filed by Public Citizen, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and other groups, asking the federal court to block the start of a U.S. Department of Transportation’s pilot program. The pilot program will allow a select number of Mexican trucks into the United States to carry cargo beyond the narrow zones near the border to which their operations are currently limited.
The court’s ruling does not address the merits of the lawsuit itself, which alleges that the program violates a law Congress passed in May and fails to ensure the safety of American drivers. That lawsuit will proceed, and the court will address the lawfulness of the pilot program after full briefing and argument.
A last-ditch effort to block Mexican trucks from operating within the US has failed, and Mexican trucks could be on US roadways as early as Thursday.
Up to 100 Mexican trucking companies may be operating within the US by Thursday as part of a pilot project in the US. Five groups, including the Teamsters and Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) had filed an injunction to block the program, but it was unsuccessful.
"This is the wrong decision for American working men and women,” Teamsters general president James P. Hoffa said upon learning of the ruling. “We will now proceed to litigate this case on the merits. We believe this program clearly breaks the law. We will continue to fight for safety and national security in the courts and in Congress."