Trucking http://www.kplu.org en Faith and community groups rallying for short haul truckers http://www.kplu.org/post/faith-and-community-groups-rallying-short-haul-truckers <p>As many as 30 or 40 percent of the short-haul truckers who normally move containers from docks to railcar terminals at the Port of Seattle have stopped working. &nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.king5.com/news/investigators/Investigators-risky-rigs-folo-138695099.html">work stoppage comes</a> after one of the drivers was retaliated against for attending a hearing in Olympia last week on a proposal to improve their working conditions.</p><p>They&rsquo;re independent contractors, who are predominantly immigrants, and say the conditions they&rsquo;re forced to contend with make the job unsafe. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 01:02:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4070 at http://www.kplu.org Faith and community groups rallying for short haul truckers Northwest highways await Mexican trucks http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-highways-await-mexican-trucks <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-980598.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-980598.mp3</a></p><p>The next time you head down the interstate, that truck in the lane next to you could be from Mexico. That&#39;s because of a recent cross-border trucking accord between the United States and Mexico.</p><p>Opponents say putting Mexican trucks on U.S. roads is risky. But there&#39;s little evidence to show that Mexican trucks are actually a hazard on the highway.</p><p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:56:05 +0000 Chris Lehman 2249 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest highways await Mexican trucks