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Teamsters rally to block Mexican truckers

Union feels program will erode safety
February 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Members of the Teamsters Union are rallying outside the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, where a three-judge panel is deciding whether to bar a Bush administration program giving Mexican trucks greater access to U.S. highways. Congress passed a law last year aimed at blocking the pilot program, but the administration is going ahead with it by taking advantage of a loophole in the new law.

Several tractor trailers are parked outside the courthouse and union members and their supporters are carrying signs.

The proposal is part of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. It gives up to 500 trucks from 100 Mexican companies full access to U.S. roads.

The Teamsters and others say the pilot program will erode highway safety and eliminate U.S. jobs.

 

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