WORLD TRADE ONLINE is reporting that The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is considering abandoning its legal fight against the Mexican truck pilot program, instead opting to lobby it’s cronies in Congress into initiating hearings and providing more oversight for the program.
Recently, the DC Court of Appeals rejected all arguments put forth against the program by the Teamsters and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) stating in their ruling, that the court found none of the arguments “persuasive”.
The next step in the chain of appeal is the United States Supreme Court, an extremely costly step that has little chance of success. Over the years, all challenges to the Mexican trucking provisions of NAFTA have been soundly rejected by the courts.
The Teamsters have until Oct. 26 to make a final decision on whether to proceed to the Supreme Court, which is 90 days after the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected on July 26 their request for a rehearing.
An unnamed source within the Teamsters stated that no formal request has yet been made to convene such a Congressional hearing. The Teamsters are likely to make a decision on whether they will seek that support in September, when Congress is fully in session again. If they choose that route, they would likely reach out to members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
He conceded that it is uncertain if the committees would agree to hold a congressional hearing given the already packed congressional calendar. Another source supporting the pilot program signaled that Congress may feel it has weighed in too many times on the Mexican trucking dispute, making it reluctant to get involved again.
We feel any such request will be rejected out of hand. The congressmen that were in the pockets of the Teamsters and other opponents, for the most part, are out of office. One strong ally, Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, who at one time was an ardent opponent of Mexican trucks is no longer part of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
And to sum it up, most in Congress realize we are obligated to comply with our international agreements and realize over the years, that they’ve been the victims of a massive misinformation campaign by Teamsters, OOIDA and others.
OOIDA has not stated whether they will attempt an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The current pilot program granting Mexican trucks access to the U.S. market was established in the fall of 2011, three months after the Obama administration and the Mexican government signed a memorandum of understanding establishing it.
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