What do you call the actions of someone who continues to do the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result each time?
Albert Einstein called it “Insanity”, and in this case, I call those doing it, clueless idiots.
That’s right folks, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed papers in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this morning seeking inclusion as an “intervenor” in the lawsuit the Teamsters recently filed to stop a handful of Mexican trucks.
You can download a copy of the TEAMSTERS lawsuit below:
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According to an article in Landline magazine, the in house publication of the associations 80,000 members, they claimgranting of long-haul trucking authority to Mexico-domiciled motor carriers operating in the U.S. would adversely affect small-business truckers and highway safety. They have no proof of this, just wild speculation that has no basis in reality. They ignore the 900 plus Mexican carriers who have held full operating authority in this country for more than 50 years that have caused no economic losses to their members or anyone else.
OOIDA’s litigation counsel, The Cullen Law Firm, stated in the filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which we will have available for download here in the next 24 hours,
“As the representative of small business truck drivers, OOIDA has a different practical and legal perspective from the other Petitioners regarding the threat to highway safety posed by the operation of commercial motor vehicles by Mexico-domiciled trucking companies on roadways throughout the United States,”
A anonymous spokesman for the association made this absurd claim also in conjunction with the filiing.
“Additionally, the economic interests of small business truck drivers threatened by competition from Mexico-domiciled carriers differs from the interests represented by the petitioning Teamster groups and highway and truck safety I advocate organizations”
Now here is what I find interesting. Besides inflating their ever decreasing membership numbers, in the closing of the article they say that OOIDA’s 150,000 members operate more than 211,000 heavy-duty trucks and represent nearly half of the total number of active motor carriers operating on U.S. highways.
Did I read that correctly? Nearly half the total number of active motor carriers operating on US highways? An absurd claim, but were it true, it shows OOIDA does not have much confidence in it’s members to be able to compete with approximately 900 Mexican motor carriers which this lawsuit has no effect on and who sustain higher rates and better safety statistics that US and Canadian carriers, but they also can’t compete with the new entrants who are under much heavier scrutiny than their membership
This lawsuit, like all the other frivolous lawsuits filed by the Teamsters, OOIDA and their allied bogus safety groups, will be tossed as were the others.
And waiting in the wings, is CANACAR’s $3.8 billion dollar claim for damages on behalf of the Mexican trucking industry against the United States, caused solely by the Teamsters and OOIDA’s attempts to prevent the U.S. complying with their legal and moral obligations under NAFTA.
We, the taxpayers will pay the $5 billion or whatever is eventually rewarded. Perhaps OOIDA members should think of that the next time it comes time to renew your membership.
35 years in the trucking business and living in Mexico for the past 15 years, make me uniquely qualified to offer my insight and opinion into the Mexican trucking industry and other border issues. A contributor to SiriuxXM Road Dog Channel 106 and to the award winning Lockridge Report, Mexico Trucker Online continues to publish the unvarnished truth about the subjects we cover.