OOIDA: President Obama needs to hear from truckers now

| 8/7/2009

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association notified members on Friday, Aug. 7, that President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will be discussing cross-border trucking at the North American Leaders Summit on Sunday, Aug. 9, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Association’s message is urgent.

OOIDA said President Calderon is expected to pressure President Obama to move forward with opening U.S. roads to Mexico-domiciled trucking companies and truck drivers. The Association is asking its members to contact Obama administration officials and communicate their concerns immediately.

Recent statements by U.S. government officials indicate that President Obama is being advised by individuals in his own administration to give in to pressure from Mexico and the multinational corporations behind the push for Mexican trucks in the U.S. Those officials have stated that they will not be satisfied with a temporary or pilot program. They want full access to the U.S. market for Mexico-domiciled companies and drivers.

“President Obama and officials in his administration need to hear from you, your family members and your fellow truckers now,” said OOIDA President Jim Johnston. “We are encouraging our members to pass this message along to everyone they know.”

Johnston said if proponents of cross-border trucking with Mexico have their way, the jobs of all U.S.-based long-haul truckers will be in serious jeopardy. Truckers need to convey that message when talking with government officials.

“In addition, you should tell them that granting Mexican trucks full access to U.S. highways makes no sense because none of the safety or security issues have been resolved on either side of the border,” said Johnston.

OOIDA is urging members to contact these government officials:

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative:
Call the USTR’s Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Liaison office at 202-395-6120 or fax 202-395-3692

President Obama:
Go online to http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ or phone 202-456-1111 or fax 202-456-2461.

U.S. Department of Transportation:
To phone, call 202-366-4000.

To call your two senators and your representative in the House, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and provide the operator with your home ZIP code. The operator will connect you with the offices of your elected representatives.

To write and/or fax to your Senators:

To write and/or fax to your U.S. Representative: