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    Default Teamsters Urge Feds To Challenge Mex Retaliatory Tarrifs

    Teamsters Urge Federal Government To Challenge Mexico's Retaliatory Tariffs -- WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today urged the federal government to challenge Mexico's decision to subject more U.S. imports to tariffs because of the ban on allowing unsafe Mexican trucks to cross the border.

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    Hoffa said the tariffs are excessive and the Teamsters are calling on administration officials, including U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, to challenge them.

    Restarting the unsafe cross-border trucking pilot program would cost an estimated $500 million, according to published reports. In March 2009, Congress cut the funds for a pilot program that opened the border to Mexican trucks. President Obama immediately shut the program down and Mexico retaliated then with tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of goods.

    "At a time of deepening budget deficits and a weak economy, it would be foolish to subject U.S. taxpayers to such an expensive and very unsafe program," Hoffa said. "Instead of slapping additional tariffs on U.S. goods, Mexico should be living up to its end of the bargain by making sure its drivers and trucks are safe enough to use our highways."

    Mexico's Economy Minister Bruno Ferrari told reporters today that Mexico plans to charge tariffs on a rotating list of 99 U.S. products worth about $2.5 billion.

    Hoffa has repeatedly said that the ultimate solution to the Mexican trucks dispute is not to open the border but to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Act Agreement (NAFTA).
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    Default Re: Teamsters Urge Feds To Challenge Mex Retaliatory Tarrifs

    Mexico Is Said to Plan Tariffs on U.S. Pork, Oranges in Trucking Dispute - Bloomberg

    Mexico will impose import tariffs on pork, oranges and other U.S. goods because of the U.S. government’s failure to restore a program allowing Mexican trucks to operate north of the border, a Mexican official said.

    The new U.S. goods subject to tariffs also include grapefruit, pistachios, chewing gum, cheese and ketchup, said the official, who declined to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the subject. The U.S. National Pork Producers Council also said in an e-mailed statement that pork will be added to the list of products facing tariffs.

    Mexico’s government is waiting for the U.S. to propose a resolution to the standoff, which started when the U.S. Congress ended a pilot program allowing Mexican trucks to deliver goods in the U.S. Mexico responded in March 2009 by putting tariffs of 10 percent to 45 percent on U.S. goods including vegetables, wine, juices, sunglasses and toothpaste. Now, authorities are imposing a second round of tariffs covering more goods.



    If they let them trucks up here without defending us or them other industries...we know thjat our country and it's people have been totally sold out...and the United States Of America is over and done....for it's only a matter of short time...before these freetrading businessmen take us back to slavery...and nobody's gonna put up with that for too long....DC best wise up and start looking out for our own..before all hell breaks loose. These deals can kis off...we made it before wothout them and we can make it without them now...if they need our money...then they must do what we want...no third workd country like Mexico should be telling or threatening us with anything.....let them raise the tarrifs and let their own people riot over the high prices...they always use these tarrifs to scare us...why are theynever used to scare anybody else...a fretrade supporter would say the tarrifs would only hurt us.....Why aren't they saying it now???? To Mexico???/ For they are not for this country...They are anti-american traitors not traders.

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    Default Re: Teamsters Urge Feds To Challenge Mex Retaliatory Tarrifs

    And then the news reporter goes on sonmething like this:

    The new U.S. goods subject to tariffs also include grapefruit, pistachios, chewing gum, cheese and ketchup, said the official, who declined to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the subject




    An official who cannot be identified cause he isn't authorized to speak on the subject.

    And this is what? News or anti-union propaganda which does not use proper journalism to scare the country into going against us and giving up our payrates and jobs to people who do not live here.

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    Default Re: Teamsters Urge Feds To Challenge Mex Retaliatory Tarrifs

    This quote from the above Phillip Hoffa statement is just plain wrong.

    "At a time of deepening budget deficits and a weak economy, it would be foolish to subject U.S. taxpayers to such an expensive and very unsafe program," Hoffa said. "Instead of slapping additional tariffs on U.S. goods, Mexico should be living up to its end of the bargain by making sure its drivers and trucks are safe enough to use our highways." He says if the trucks and drivers become safe enough they can then run in America. That does not sound to good too me. What if they join the Teamsters?

 

 

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