Walensky, along with the Teamsters' own Jim Kabell, was interviewed in an excellent report by KY3 News in Missouri, Ozarks truckers oppose allowing long-haul Mexican trucks.
Walensky told KY3,
Their trucks are barely held together. They're older; a lot of the old cab-overs they take over and they fix up, but they're not fixed up; they're dangerous.Kabell told KY3 it's a "terrible proposal." He pointed out that as many as half of Teamsters freight workers were out of work during the recession, and many still are. Said Kabell,
Frankly, I think there will be corporate support for this, because they look for cheaper ways to do things, but I think at a time when we've got unemployment now, and we want to allow Mexican trucks to come in across this country at a time when we've got warehouse workers and truck drivers that are out of work, I think it's a terrible proposal.Kabell is secretary/treasurer of Teamsters Local No. 245 and president of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Teamsters.