Teamsters Talk Trash!

And that is the truth. Nothing has changed. The Teamsters is still pushing this purely fictional account of fictional Mexican truckers and others, the Mexiphobs who call the overnight trucking shows such as America’s Trucking Network, hang onto every word and believe it as though it were the gospel

“The longest distance I drive,” said a driver about 30 in a black T-shirt, “is from Ensenada to Cancun, 4,500 kilometers. Five days and six nights alone. Tomatoes. The company won’t pay for a second driver.” Ah, but how can a man stay awake and drive for five straight days?

 

Wow, 4500 kilometers (2812 miles) in 5 days and 6 nights. In the United States, we drive that legally in 4 days!

 

They are all family men who run the highways at least 25 days a month and they are adamant about two things — that nobody can run these long hauls without cocaine and crystal meth, and now and then some marijuana to level out the rush. And that the biggest danger on their endless runs comes from addicted Mexican truck drivers, which means all truck drivers.

 

All the Mexican drivers I have met while traveling in Mexico have been straight family men, safe and courteous people, doing the same job as I do, simply looking to get home to their families safe and in one piece.

 

The men earn about $1,100 a month. In Mexico, the cost of living is roughly 80 or 90 percent that of the U.S. The only real bargain in Mexico is labor. Many other items cost more than the U.S. — the telephone rates are among the highest in the world and a sack of cement or a board foot of lumber costs more than in any American town

 

Considering the wages of a laborer working in a maquiladora is $500-600 per month, and familes actually live on this amount, $1100 is a respectable wage and puts these drivers in the burgeoning middle class in Mexico. Oh, and by the way, a telephone line will cost you about $35 per month, U.S. equivalent which gives you 100 free local calls and afterward, local calls are 1 peso per call. Compare that to U.S. rates. A bag of Portland cement in Mexico will cost you about 14 pesos or $1.40 U.S, approzimately 1/2 the cost of the same thing in the U.S.

 

And every man at the table agrees on their biggest problem — the government. And by that they mean the police, especially federal, who rob them at will.

“If you drive to Mexico City,” another driver adds, “you are robbed, for sure. Police are the first to rob you. If you report a robbery, the police try to make you the guilty person.”

 

I find this interesting since I have made many trips to Mexico City, cities in the state of Guanajuato at all hours of the day and night in my personal vehicle and have never been bothered or hassled by the Federal Police nor any other agency of the law. Nor have I ever seen the phantom bandidos they mention here.

 

The men talk with smiles of cachimbas, which means fireplaces. In earlier days on the road, there would be wooden shacks with fires going, roadside brothels. Mexico now has four-lane roads for many truck routes and stouter buildings, but the term cachimba has stuck for truck stops where women and drugs are freely available.

 

Damn point me south! Ain’t nothing wrong with a little lovin to get the blood flowing for a long night on the road.

 

The clown that wrote this for the Teamsters magazine had a vivid imagination and was free with his literary licence, all well and good until people start believing the trite B.S I imagine anyone in the U.S. wanting to find the American counterparts of these Mexican truckers would only need to go to any American truckstop and find the same trash talk. It’s happened before.

 

Look at the agenda before you believe things that can not be proven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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