Paul J. Nyden
The Charleston Gazette
March 12, 2012
The Teamsters Union filed a legal reply brief last week in its lawsuit against the United States Department of Transportation’s pilot program that is opening the Mexican border to potentially dangerous trucks, something a local Teamster president said will adversely affect states truckers.
“Obviously, this program wouldn’t have the immediate impact on West Virginia that it would have on border states,” Teamsters International Vice President Ken Hall, also president of Local 175 in South Charleston, said Friday.
“But once the government allows those trucks to start rolling freely across the United States, it will undermine national security, no matter what state you are in. There are legitimate concerns about terrorist groups smuggling terrorists across the Mexican border.