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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters union said on Friday it was forming a committee to determine whether it should modify its national freight labor agreement to help trucking firm YRC Worldwide Inc (YRCW.O) weather the current industry downturn.
The move was a response to YRC’s request to defer pension contributions to preserve cash, the Teamsters said. YRC is the No. 1 U.S. trucking company.
“We are forming this committee to review the contract in efforts to help YRCW survive this recession and hopefully come out stronger than ever,” Jim Hoffa, Teamsters general president, said in a statement.
Union members would have to approve any proposed changes to the Teamsters’ national freight agreement.
YRC, which has been shedding jobs and closing facilities to cut costs in the face of the U.S. recession, faces an estimated $2 billion in pension obligations over the next four years.
On June 15, the Rocky Hill Town Council will hold a hearing a proposed ordinance prohibiting thru truck traffic on Capitol Boulevard and Trout Brook Crossing.
The ordinance would be designed to prohibit trailers and other commercial vehicles from driving on the streets unless specifically going to a location on them.
The idea behind the ordinance is to eliminate a problem of “double stacking,” in which tractor trailers are parking or waiting on both sides of Brook Street, making it difficult to navigate the street – especially in the event of an emergency situation.
The idea came from the public safety committee, Town Manager Barbara Gilbert said.
“If you eliminate traffic from the east you eliminate that double stacking,” she said.
The commercial traffic is largely from trucks coming to Burris Logistics on Brook Street and to a lesser degree Sysco Food Systems on Inwood Road.
The idea is to bring that traffic flow – and work on getting signs – so the drivers go west on West Street, south on Crowmwell Avenue and East on Brook Street.
Councilors and residents had some questions on the issue. Frank Szeps asked a couple of questions, including whether the action would send the wrong message to Burris, a refrigeration warehouse and distributor that has been in town less than a year.
Gilbert said they are well aware of the situation, cooperative and actually expected the action to be taken by now.
Some agreed it may not be a perfect solution and that truckers may ignore the signs. One resident said that some would literally not be able to read them. If the ordinance takes effect violated could face a fine of up to $100 for each offense.
The hearing will be held atņ:30 p.m. on June 15, prior to the council’s regular meeting.
For the eighth year in a row, the city of Manchester is gearing up to receive nearly 80,000 visitors from across the country as music lovers flock to one of the premier summer music festivals, Bonnaroo.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are partnering again this year to ensure smooth traffic flow during the event.
The 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicks off Thursday night, June 11, and winds down Sunday night, June 14. Thursday, June 11, is expected to be the heaviest traffic day.
With 80,000 music fans converging at an old farm site in Coffee County, the area in and around Manchester always sees much heavier traffic throughout the festival. TDOT and the THP are working closely with the City of Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroonies to their destinations. The agencies and festival promoters have worked throughout the year on a plan to efficiently handle traffic during the festival.
“The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a major event in Coffee County, and as we’ve seen in the past, planning ahead for its impact is crucial,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “In recent years, the coordination of multiple state and local agencies has helped minimize the impact to travelers while also getting festival attendees to their destinations safely and we expect successful results again this year.”
All festival gates open Thursday, Juneಋ, at 7 a.m. CDT. State Troopers will be on the jobಘ hours a day beginning Wednesday night, patrolling and controlling traffic on I-24. The THP will work both on the ground and in the air, using helicopters to assess the scene from above and relay important information to the marked patrol cars and motorcycles on the ground.
“Our goal is to make sure that I-24 stays accident-free and clear for festival-goers and other travelers,” stated THP Colonel Mike Walker.
“Nearly 100 Tennessee State Troopers will be working around the clock to help make that happen. In addition to aggressively enforcing traffic laws, we will be working with TDOT, local law enforcement and Bonnaroo organizers to handle all the extra traffic.”
During Bonnaroo 2ወ, Troopers logged over 5,600 man-hours, worked 12 traffic crashes (7 injury, and 5 property damage crashes), and wrote 323 citations and 55 warnings.
HELP units from TDOT’s Chattanooga office will also be in the festival area to assist with traffic management during peak traffic times and to aid any motorists who require assistance.
In addition to having HELP trucks on the scene, TDOT and other agencies are taking the following steps on the dates surrounding Bonnaroo beginning June 10 through June 15:
Efforts will be concentrated on keeping interstate traffic flowing.
Exit 111 (SR 55) will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, ጰ (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and ጿ are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.
TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the festival region, and maintenance personnel will be on call all weekend.
TDOT will provide variable message signs to warn drivers of delays.
There will be no construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the Bonnaroo festival area between 3 p.m. June 10 and June 15.
Debate is heating up over an issue likely to strike terror in the heart of any driver who has spied an 18-wheeler looming in the rearview mirror as he scrambles into the slow lane: whether even bigger big-rigs should be allowed on the nation’s highways.
Federal law limits the weight and length of 18-wheelers on the USA’s 47,000-mile interstate highway system. Supporters say bigger commercial trucks allow drivers to deliver more freight in fewer trips, thus cutting pollution and reducing congestion on crowded highways. Opponents say the larger trucks would cause more wear-and-tear on the USA’s dilapidated roads and bridges and create a greater safety hazard to other drivers.
Those issues are at the center of a congressional battle over whether federal laws that govern truck weights and lengths should allow heavier, longer trucks, or whether the current limits should stand and be extended to even more roads. Federal law limits the weight of 18-wheelers to 80,000 pounds and the maximum length to 53 feet.
“It’s a big battle,” says Jackie Gillan, vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and a member of StopBiggerTrucks.org, a campaign urging Congress to reject any weight and size increases for commercial trucks. “These trucking companies don’t come close to paying their fair share for the damage they do. The American public is going to pay with their lives and their wallets if this goes through.”
Increasing the federal maximum weight would be a boon to shippers and to the public, says Clayton Boyce, vice president of public affairs at the American Trucking Associations, which represents trucking companies. “It does take a little more fuel, but when you factor in what it would take to pull that in separate loads, it’s more fuel-efficient.”
WINDSOR — A 34-year-old Kitchener man has been charged in connection with a drug bust Monday at the Ambassador Bridge.
The Canada Border Services Agency says it seized 30 kilograms of what is suspected to be cocaine from a tractor trailer carrying a load of produce. A news release issued Thursday says the estimated street value of that amount of cocaine would be $3.7 million.
The Kitchener man has been charged by the RCMP with importing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
The RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency are investigating.
Penske Logistics has lost a contract with Big Lots and notified the state that it will lay off the 53 truck drivers that it employs at the discount retailer’s warehouse and distribution operation at 300 Phillipi Rd.
Penske disclosed the layoffs in a letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, posted yesterday on the agency’s Web site.
The contract, which will expire July 31, wasn’t renewed, said Randy Ryerson, spokesman for Penske Logistics. That also will affect 133 other Penske employees at Big Lots operations in Alabama, California, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa praised the House of Representatives on Thursday for swiftly passing HR 2200, which would tighten transportation security.
Hoffa also thanked House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson for his work on the bill authorizing spending for the Transportation Security Administration.
“This legislation is an important step for enhancing our national security,” Hoffa said. “It protects our nation by tightening security for surface, air and maritime transportation and provides needed security training for workers in the transportation industry.”
David Bourne, director of the Teamsters Airline Division, sent a letter to Chairman Thompson on Wednesday supporting the work of the Homeland Security Committee.
“I am pleased that the House recognizes the need for a single high security standard for aircraft maintenance,” said Bourne, “Currently, U.S. aircraft maintained and overhauled in foreign countries do not have to conform to the same security standards as domestic repair stations. This loophole has potentially dire consequences for passengers and the aviation professionals that we represent.”
HR 2200 orders TSA to issue long-overdue security standards for foreign repair stations that are comparable to domestic standards for air carriers and airports. The standards would cover background checks, access to aircraft and perimeter security in order to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our aviation system and harming the U.S. or other countries.
This legislation would enhance airport security by requiring airport perimeter checks, 100 percent screening of air cargo, bag matches to passenger lists, air cargo crew training and uniform security background checks.
The legislation also creates a sensible approach to performing criminal background checks for port and hazmat truck drivers, eliminating redundant checks and prohibiting states from requiring separate background checks for transportation security cards.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Mexico is ramping up the pressure on the United States to get the Americans to live up to terms of the NAFTA fine print that allows Mexican truckers to operate in this country. The latest squeeze is a $6 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government because of its refusal to allow Mexican-domiciled trucks into this country beyond the current 25-mile free trade zone at the southern border. Will the Obama administration cave?
How deeply is the Obama administration wedded to the desires of the 1.4 million-member Teamsters, the first large union to support the then relatively underdog Democratic candidate who was running a distant second to Sen. Hillary Clinton for the president nomination nearly two years ago?
We’re about to find out.
The Teamsters don’t want Mexican truckers to operate in this country. The union says the issue is safety, but it’s really not. The union says it’s about jobs, but it’s really not.
What it’s about–surprise, surprise–is money.
If Mexican truckers are allowed to operate on any sort of large scale in this country, two things are bound to happen:
1. Trucking rates will fall as U.S. trucking companies will have to compete with the Mexicans on price.
2. Truck driver wages will fall as some Mexican carriers, accustomed to working for as little as $10 to $20 a day, will apply at non-union U.S. trucking companies, further driving down wages.
That’s fine. But the bigger issue is the word of the United States government.
The U.S. signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 under then-President Bill Clinton. NAFTA was supposed to allow for a “borderless” society in which free trade was promoted among Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
Part of that called for allowing Mexico- and Canada-domiciled truckers to operate in this country. Up north, that has happened. The U.S.-Canada border is basically open to trucks of both companies.
Along the southern border, that has not occurred.
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