“What people don’t seem to understand is that when that truck isn’t running, they’re not making any money,” Ms Walker said, pointing out that drivers carrying certain types of cargo, such as some hazardous materials, are limited to crossing the Ambassador Bridge.
The slowdown in Canadian trade will disproportionately affect New York, Michigan and Ohio, said Arthur Wheaton, director of labor studies at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. At the same time, he added that the protests “certainly raised concern for all American manufacturers.”
“There is already a shortage of truck drivers in North America, so protests that keep truck drivers off their routes are exacerbating problems for an already fragile supply chain,” said Mr Wheaton.
Automakers had hoped that shortages of computer chips and other components would ease this year so they could focus on the long term: the transition to electric vehicles.
A bigger fear for many elected officials and business leaders is that the Ambassador Bridge scene could inspire other protests. The Department of Homeland Security warned in an internal memo that a convoy of protesting truck drivers planned to travel from California to Washington, DC, potentially disrupting President Biden’s Super Bowl and State of the Union address on March 1. .
“While there is currently no evidence of planned violence,” the memo, dated Tuesday, said “when hundreds of trucks converge in a major metropolitan city, there is the potential to seriously disrupt transportation, federal government operations, commercial facilities and emergencies.” to disturb.” services due to stalemate and possible counter-protests.”
Mr Chiodo, the Canadian trade union leader, said that “the people who are demonstrating are doing it for the wrong reasons. They want to go back to how it was before the pandemic, and in reality they are closing things down.”