October 1, 2017

USA: PROOF Puerto Rico Union TRUCKERS ON STRIKE REFUSING TO DISTRIBUTE 10,000 Shipping Containers Full Of Vital US Aid Sitting In San Juan Dock Because They Say They Control The Roads.

La Verdad es la Verdad was live on Wednesday September 27 at 11:09pm
๐Ÿ‘‰ confirmed the blame is on the truck drivers ๐Ÿ‘ˆ
Listen to local news interviewing local truck driver.
This video above is worth 18 minutes of your time.

THOSE WHO ARE SAYING THIS IS FAKE NEWS OBVIOUSLY DON'T SPEAK SPANISH OR ELSE THEY WOULD KNOW BY LISTENING TO THE PR TRUCKER ADMIT IT THAT THIS INFORMATION IS TRUE. They are collectively refusing to show up to drive in order to stick it to the PR Governor and FEMA. So like they said, the PR people will pay as a result.

I'm sorry this video above is in Spanish with no English subtitles. But, boy oh boy, the truth is there straight from the horse's mouth. The San Juan union truckers admit they control the Puerto Rican roads. They're pissed off because FEMA will not bow down to their truckers union demands. So, in essence, because the Governor opened contracts to anybody who will help distribute emergency aid, the PR union truckers said screw Puerto Ricans blame it on your governor for screwing us.

There are 10,000 containers full of supplies just sitting on the San Juan dock where the Mayor of San Juan claims has not received any aid from President Trump. There are dozens more ships en route now to deliver even more US aid and WILL NOT BE ABLE TO because there is no room on the San Juan dock that is FULL OF US EMERGENCY AID. Meanwhile, Puerto Rican people suffer NOT BECAUSE THE United States doesn't care about them, BUT BECAUSE of their own selfish Mayor and PR truck drivers union. If I knew how to drive a truck, I would volunteer to drive those EMERGENCY SUPPLIES throughout Puerto Rico FOR FREE.

My gosh, PR truck drivers union is trying to negotiate pay with FEMA and the PR Governor and make unreasonable demands DURING A CRISIS, while Puerto Ricans were dying. And the San Juan Mayor is covering up the story, redirecting blame on President Trump. The 20,000 PR union truck drivers have been deliberately sitting on their hands for 3 weeks on strike waiting for FEMA to accept their unreasonable demands. The PR union truck driver says the Puerto Rico Governor needs to put his pants on and FORCE FEMA to accept their union drivers demands. Until then, the Puerto Rican people will continue to suffer.

My friend said, " I'm amazed that the Huffington Post would actually publish this. You will most likely never see it on ABC, NBC, CBS, or CNN."

I replied, "They published his local reporting because he doesn't place blame on the union truck drivers. I'm sure he did that to be diplomatic and be able to get the real story out that Trump's federal aid is not the problem, tons of vital US aid is sitting on the San Juan docks because there is no distribution of the emergency aid. 20% of the drivers crossed the union strike line at their peril and are reporting to FEMA to help distribute emergency aid across Puerto Rico. I mean the drivers that are working are seriously risking their lives and their families lives because the PR truckers union is like a mafia, gang mentality."

The Huffington Post
written by Penelope Jean Hayes
Friday September 29, 2017

Speaking today exclusively and live from Puerto Rico, is Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the U.S. commonwealth with a population of more than 3 million. Since the ‘apocalyptic’ Cat 4 storm tore into the spine of Puerto Rico on September 20, Col. Valle has been both duty and blood bound to help.

Col. Valle is a firsthand witness of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) response supporting FEMA in Puerto Rico, and as a Puerto Rican himself with family members living in the devastation, his passion for the people is second to none. “It’s just not true,” Col. Valle says of the major disconnect today between the perception of a lack of response from Washington verses what is really going on on the ground. “I have family here. My parents’ home is here. My uncles, aunts, cousins, are all here. As a Puerto Rican, I can tell you that the problem has nothing to do with the U.S. military, FEMA, or the DoD.”

“The aid is getting to Puerto Rico. The problem is distribution. The federal government has sent us a lot of help; moving those supplies, in particular, fuel, is the issue right now,” says Col. Valle. Until power can be restored, generators are critical for hospitals and shelter facilities and more. But, and it’s a big but, they can’t get the fuel to run the generators.

They have the generators, water, food, medicine, and fuel on the ground, yet the supplies are not moving across the island as quickly as they’re needed.

“It’s a lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers. Supplies we have. Trucks we have. There are ships full of supplies, backed up in the ports, waiting to have a vehicle to unload into. However, only 20% of the truck drivers show up to work. These are private citizens in Puerto Rico, paid by companies that are contracted by the government,” says Col. Valle.

Put another way, 80% of truck drivers do not show up to work, and yet again, it’s important to understand why.
“There should be zero blame on the drivers. They can’t get to work, the infrastructure is destroyed, they can’t get fuel themselves, and they can’t call us for help because there’s no communication. The will of the people of Puerto Rico is off the charts. The truck drivers have families to take care of, many of them have no food or water. They have to take care of their family’s needs before they go off to work, and once they do go, they can’t call home,” explains Col. Valle.

It’s a dilemma with dependent conditions. The citizens need fuel and supplies brought in by relief efforts. The truck drivers who move the fuel and supplies from ports and airstrips need fuel and traversable roads—and before anything else they need supplies for their own families.

In one effort to get more drivers out, Governor Ricardo A. Rossellรณ of Puerto Rico has temporarily waved some hazardous materials requirements for truck transportation. Additionally, some truck drivers from outside the island have been brought in, and more are coming, however it’s not a fix-all. “We get more and more offers to help, but there is no where to stay, we can’t take any more bodies, there’s no where to put them.” Col. Valle says, adding that their “air mobility” is good, and reiterating that getting more supplies or manpower is not the issue.

When asked three times what else Washington can do to help, or anyone for that matter, three times Col. Valle answered, “It’s going to take time.”

Col. Valle shared much about what they are doing for relief efforts, it’s extensive, including the sort of things that you don’t hear in the news like offering free flights on empty military cargo planes returning to the U.S. for military members stationed in Puerto Rico who want to get out.

Yesterday, Col. Valle was in a meeting with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo A. Rossellรณ and Florida Governor Rick Scott, who travelled to Puerto Rico to see how he could help. Col. Valle says, “Governor Scott offered any and all resources available to help. His support is incredible, as has been the support from all levels of government, FEMA, and all entities. Yes, people are in need of food and water and medical supplies and power; I personally know the people here and they are very grateful for what we are doing. I’m passionate and I’m proud of the response. We did the same response for Hurricane Irma in Florida as for Puerto Rico with Maria.”

“As a Puerto Rican, what happens here for the people is personal to me. To say that we are not provided all of the help and resources needed is just not true. Distribution is the key, and we are working day and night on it. I’m here, my own family is here, I know how hard this is. We need to keep doing what we are doing. It’s going to take the resource of time.”
Visit CNN weblink below to watch reporting from Puerto Rico. They won't let me share the video on my blog.

CNN Money
written by Jackie Wattles
SATURDAY September 30, 2017

Major U.S. labor unions are organizing truck drivers to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico as the island continues to grapple with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria last week.

The Teamsters union and the AFL-CIO, a federation of more than 50 unions, are working together to recruit truckers to travel to Puerto Rico and help distribute a stockpile of relief supplies

Thousands of shipping containers full of food, water, and medicines were sitting unused at Puerto Rico's Port of San Juan.

Relief workers haven't been able to distribute the goods, in part because only about 20% of Puerto Rico's truck drivers have reported back to work since Hurricane Maria swept through, according to a representative for Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossellรณ.

On top of that, Puerto Rico has a shortage of diesel fuel, which is needed to power the semi-trucks. Downed power lines and debris still litter roadways, blocking routes. Even contacting local drivers is an issue because cell service blackouts still cover the majority of the island.

Teamsters spokesman Galen Munro told CNN that the union hopes to get more drivers on the ground next week.

Munro said the union has heard from more than 100 truckers who have offered to help, and The Teamsters is working to vet those drivers and ensure they have the proper licenses and availability.

But The Teamsters said it's still facing the other logistical issues that have held up cargo distribution.

"At this time, it is unclear if there are trucks available to move the containers, fuel to operate the trucks or road access to the distribution centers," the union said Friday.

Eleven days after Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Rico still looks like a war zone.

Supermarkets are rationing supplies, while banks are running low on cash. Only about half of the island's gas stations are functioning.

The federal relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory and home to 3.4 million Americans, have become a point of contention between President Trump and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulรญn Cruz.

Yulรญn Cruz pushed back against Trump's assertion this week that relief work in Puerto Rico was a "good news story."

"This is, damn it, this is not a good news story," Yulรญn Cruz told CNN. "This is a 'people are dying' story. This is a 'life-or-death' story. This is, 'there's a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people' story."

On Saturday, Trump used Twitter to criticize her "leadership ability" and claimed Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."

Yulรญn Cruz responded to the tweets in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday: "I was asking for help," she said. "I wasn't saying anything nasty about the President."

Here is the San Juan Mayor on Friday Sept 29th giving endless news conferences, interviews, while thousands of shipping containers FULL OF U.S. aid sit in the San Juan docks that she is in charge of but blames President Trump for her inadequacies and her incompetence. San Juan Mayor has not shown up to any FEMA, PR Governor meetings at all. She likes photo ops 'appearing' to be getting down and dirty with Puerto Ricans rescues.

What the heck was she doing when the PR island was warned hurricane Irma was coming, and when she knew the island was also going to be hit by hurricane Maria?! Why on earth didn't she prepare to secure emergency supplies for her people?! It's not like she was surprised, caught off guard, by the hurricanes like we would be in an earthquake.

Here she is begging for help, but throws FEMA binders on the floor basically refusing to follow emergency relief operational guidelines JUST LIKE the Puerto Rico union truck drivers on strike for 3 weeks refusing to deliver emergency relief around the island.

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