Posts Tagged ‘cross-border trucking’

Mexican truck makes first delivery — the gate is open

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

October 21, 2011.  The first Mexican truck to enter the US under the cross-border trucking provision of NAFTA crossed the World Trade Bridge in Laredo on its way to make a delivery in the Dallas area.  The gate is now open. Fleets of trucks owned by the transnational corporations and driven by Mexican drivers at Mexican wages will soon follow — watch for them at your area warehouses and nearest big box stores.  Tens of thousands of US transportation jobs will now follow the millions of production jobs that have migrated south of the border.  The US working class, already struggling in a stagnant economy, is about take another major blow.

Again, the relentlessness of the US business interests that embrace neoliberal labor strategy has been clearly demonstrated.  It will continue roll over American workers until we mount an effective challenge.

Read The Evolution of Neoliberal Labor Strategy and Decline of the American Working Class.

Cross-border Trucking gets the Green Light

Monday, October 17th, 2011

(October 15, 2011) The business interests that purse neoliberal labor strategy (NLS) are relentless — the offshoring of US transportation jobs to Mexico has commenced.  The cross-border provisions of NAFTA have been enacted and both US and “Mexican” trucks were given the green light to cross the border and make deliveries inside the other country.  As we predicted in “The Looming Deadline” several small companies are going first while the transnational corporations (TNCs) are waiting in the wings and monitoring public reaction.  Lack of significant resistance will result in a flood of Mexican drivers working at Mexican wages driving TNC trucks to make deliveries across the continent.  If successful, this NLS initiative will be another blow to the working middle classes of the US.

The Evolution of Neoliberal Labor Strategy and the Decline of the American Working Class

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

The decline of the American working class under the neoliberal labor strategy that has evolved over the last 45 years has been ruinous for millions of working people, their families, and their communities. Yet few people are willing to face the full implications of labor’s decline — increasing economic austerity for a majority of Americans and the prospect of a bleak future for the greater part of America’s youth and coming generations.  Knowledge of how it happened and what is at stake offers concrete guidelines for political action.

Read the essay and submit a comment.

Offshoring US Transportation Jobs to Mexico–The Looming Deadline

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The North American Free Trade Agreement is the gift that keeps on giving to transnational corporations (TNCs) and taking from US workers.  Now, following the migration of countless manufacturing jobs in the 1990s and early 2000s, tens of thousands of US transportation jobs are about to move south of the border.

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Transnational Capital Seeks to Strenghten Its Position

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

In the midst of the current US and global economic meltdown, transnational capitalism is seeking ways to strengthen its position at the expense of working people in North America and worldwide.   We warned of this in Combating Globalization but did not expect to see capital’s initiatives launched so soon after the US elections.

It is reported in the newspaper article Cross-border truck plan is being revisited that pressure to allow US and Mexican carriers to make deliveries into the interior of each other’s country, a provision of NAFTA that was blocked by the actions of labor unions, independendent  trucking associations, and environmental organizations  in 2007,  is mounting on the US Congress.

The NAFTA Corridors: Offshoring US Transportation Jobs to Mexico presents an  in-depth analysis of transnational capitalism’s plan to employ free trade transportation labor from the South to undercut labor in the North.  This article exposes all of the facts that are obscured in mainstream news accounts.

The threat of this renewed globalization scheme against Northern labor in general and transportation workers specifically is very real.

Combating Globalization reports how a provisional victory for labor was won and offers lessons that are applicable today.  The struggle will be much more intense this time around.

If capital is allowed to strengthen its position vis-a-vis labor during this economic crisis, the increasing inequality and environmental damage that accompanied past neoliberal globalization is just a preview of the future.

To meet this clear and present danger, old alliances will have to be strengthened and new ones formed.

Times is short–congress is scheduled to begin meetings on this issue later this week.