ooida http://michiganradio.org en Are Mexican truck drivers coming to Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-mexican-truck-drivers-coming-michigan <p>Mexican truck drivers may soon start turning up on Michigan roads. U.S. truck drivers are not happy about it.</p><p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/03/fact-sheet-enhancing-us-mexico-cooperation">The Obama administration announced a deal Thursday that will allow Mexican truck drivers to ply their trade on US roads</a>. The deal ended a nearly 20 year ban. Under the deal, Mexican drivers and their trucks will have to meet US safety and other standards.</p><p><a href="http://www.teamster.org/content/mexican-trucks-0">Union</a> and <a href="http://www.ooida.com/MediaCenter/Press_Releases/2011/030311.shtml">independent</a> truck drivers don&rsquo;t like the deal. Leo Wilkins is an independent trucker from the Saginaw area. He says allowing Mexican truckers on US roads will cost American jobs.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It would be a benefit to them, but it&rsquo;s not helping our labor force any.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s just destroying more of our labor force that&rsquo;s already been destroyed.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The US Chamber of Commerce applauds lifting the ban on Mexican truckers. Mexico imposed high tariffs on more than 2 billion dollars worth of US products annually, in retaliation for the ban, which Mexican officials claim violated the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nafta">North American Free Trade Agreement</a>. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 21:24:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 1516 at http://michiganradio.org Are Mexican truck drivers coming to Michigan?