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article imageFirst Mexican Trucks Scheduled to Cross U.S. Border Sept. 1

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Aug 29, 2007 in Business
On Sept 1, the Bush administration's plan to allow Mexican trucks to carry cargo anywhere in the U.S. is set to begin. The Teamsters Union is asking a federal appeals court to block the plan.
The Teamsters are planning to seek an emergency injunction from the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
What a slap in the face to American workers, opening the highways to dangerous trucks on Labor Day weekend, one of the busiest driving weekends of the year,” said Teamsters President Jim Hoffa.
The Sierra Club and Public Citizen are joining the Teamsters in their effort for the emergency stay.
“Before providing unconditional access throughout the country to tens of thousands of big rigs we know little to nothing about, we must insure they meet safety and environmental standards,” Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope said.
In a statement the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it was working closely with the department’s inspector general as his office completes an additional assessment of the program and we prepare a detailed response to that report. The Bush administration said it will start the cross-border program after the Transportation Department’s inspector general certifies safety and inspection plans.
According to Leslie Miller, a Teamsters spokeswoman, the attorneys for the federal truck safety agency have informed the union’s lawyers that they expect to get that certification on Friday. She also said that only limited authority for the trucks will be approved for Sat.
Supporters say the plan will save American consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.
This measure has been fought , which is part of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, by labor and driver-owner groups since it was first proposed. According to them it will further erode highway safety and eliminate U.S. jobs.
The Bush Administration has been systematically advancing the plan to build this huge NAFTA Super Highway. The highway is four football-fields-wide. It will cut through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.
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