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Obama Administration Wants to Give Mexican Trucks Full Access to U.S. Highways

Mar
13,
2009
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Washington (AP) – The Obama administration is wanting to re-develop a program that will allow Mexico’s trucks full access to the U.S. highways.

Debbie Mesloh, a spokeswoman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, said Obama has told the office to work with Congress, the Transportation and State Departments and Mexican officials.  The administration wants to create “a new trucking project that will meet the legitimate concerns” of Congress and U.S. commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Mexican government has protested the previous trucks ban.  Ricardo Alday, embassy spokesman, said “Mexico still believes that the United States’ noncompliance on this issue is a violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement” although the Mexican government prohibits U.S. trucks from driving far distances into Mexico.

So what do you think, drivers?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this one!

Allen Smith

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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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9 Responses to Obama Administration Wants to Give Mexican Trucks Full Access to U.S. Highways. - Post a Comment

  1. Daniel Audet

    Okay, here’s what going to happen…our new pres., so called friend of the working man is going to set in motion a plan that will end up putting millions of American drivers out of work. How? let me ask you something…have you not seen how cheap labor is being used in this country? Do you think for one second big business, (you know, the companies already manufacturing in mexico and elsewhere), will not turn their backs on American drivers in a heartbeat when they have a cheap labor option? Look into this and SPEAK OUT about it…

  2. Allen Smith

    Thanks Daniel and Kathy for your comments!

    Need to gather some more links for drivers. Lets all work on that.

  3. Twitter. a_smart_union

    This is what happens when drivers are not united on issues of common interest and do not plan ahead any more than where to stop for dinner. If drivers are not politically active and united, then you will always be politically expendable.

    Probably big biz GOP lobbyist cut a deal with obama and the demacrats to get some other democratic legislation passed.

    The day that big biz comes to truck drivers to cut deals, then you know we have achieved unity, organization and strenth of purpose & a check and balance against corporate greed and power.

    Until then, we can only react to abuse, not prevent it. For now, I suggest drivers react asap. Know what you want. Don’t be too accepting of what authority figures tell you. The treaty can be re-negotiated. Now is the perfect time to do so, no one but the US has any leverage. Call and demand your legislator do so. Get truck drivers out if nafta once and for all.

  4. Allen Smith

    Nothing will change if “We the People” don’t change it …… Allen

  5. Barry

    They won’t be happy until we are all on food stamps!!! Viva Barack!!!

  6. Desiree

    Too often the core message gets lost when people interject their personal bias & beliefs on issues where race , religion, political affiliations become a meaty bone that can be thrown into a pit for hungry dogs to gnaw upon while the criminals slip through unnoticed.

    I am Mexican.
    My Family came to this Country as Migrant Workers.

    I understand that there are legitimate concerns by Congress and North American Free Trade Agreement because the USA has operated a different set of rules for Canada our Northern neighbor.

    This makes the USA look blatantly biased against Mexico & it has been dragging on because no one has the “Cajones” to take on the political football “Mexico”

    As Daniel and other stated above, this is NOT a RACE issue.

    It is a Cheap Labor Issue.

    The same Cheap Labor Issue that sent all our country’s jobs overseas where they do not have Labor Laws.

    Foreign Workers are happy to work for peanuts because the cost of living in third world countries is much cheaper than in the USA.

    If they are abused or mistreated, they will not complain because they are so happy to have a job.

    This is how Migrant Field Worker are abused until Farmworker Justice Groups & Cesar Chavez began speaking out about such atrocities to the people who break their backs to hand pick our Fruits & Vegaetables.

    Exposing the Children and Pregnant Women to Pesticides who had a growing Cancer rate because of the Poison they had to handle.

    These activists groups brought awareness to to mistreatment.

    Truckers need an activist group because Non-Truckers, fellow Americans are listening now.

    Everyone is being affected by Corporate America and Government permitting the Outsourcing of American Jobs.

    Americans have Freedom of Speech, We Complain.
    Companies don’t like that.

    That’s why they make these backroom deals to build factories in countries that still employ working conditions where people do not complain & they work cheap to boot!

    America has got themselves into a legal ramification mess over this issue.

    We seriously need to become activists to make people aware but the problem is that is true issue is being clouded by the race issue.

    We have to be very careful not to sink the ship.

    When I touched on this topic on an article I wrote for “In Social Media”, I was contacted by someone who said similar things are occuring in the IT Industry because of
    “H-1b” http://www.brightfuturejobs.com
    This hot button topic is quite similar in the way it lets American Compnies “insource the outsource” for cheaper labor with less labor law liability.

    The problem is the people who orchestrated thiese things are professionals are dressing up a a pig with lipstick and selling it quite effectively.

    Undressing the pig is messy.

    Thats’ all I have to say about that.

  7. Mark A. Smith

    Just another way of making us follow world desires. Hopefully obama and his friends will be gone soon and somebody will come do something right.

  8. NJKatwoman

    In Unity there is Strengthy, and A Country Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.

    On April 12th, I urge everyone to stick a teabag in an envelope and mail it to The White House. This way
    we can make one point know without fear of reprisals from our “government” for the people.

    When Reagen busted up the Unions, this country started going downhill. And trucking is The Last American Sweatshop. Nothing will improve if we
    don’t fight for our rights to make a living wage, and
    better working conditions. Without truckers, America stops Moving!

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