The NAFTA Trucking Provisions and the Teamsters: Why They Need Each Other

Richman, Erica | January 1, 2009

Part I of this comment lays out the basic structure of the Bush pilot program and outlines the general arguments anchoring the Teamsters’ opposition. Part II discusses the history of NAFTA and the specific NAFTA trucking program, and charts the controversy surrounding the implementation of these provisions. Part III examines the current status of the NAFTA trucking debate and the Bush pilot program, and looks at the various legislative attacks on completing NAFTA implementation. Part IV offers an overview of the trucking industry’s organized labor landscape in both the United States and in Mexico. Part V explores why the Teamsters oppose opening the border to Mexican truckers, and finally, Part VI argues that the Teamsters should support implementation of the NAFTA trucking provisions.