International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO endorses re-election of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman

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The International Longshoremen’s Association proudly announces its endorsement of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman. It is with great pride and privilege that the I.L.A. endorse the aforementioned candidates for reelection.

Judge Emmett has served the people of Harris County with distinction since 2007, providing unwavering leadership, most recently through the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  Judge Emmett’s open-door policy as County Judge has benefited the working families of Harris County, earning him the respect of his constituency regardless of party affiliation. In addition to our endorsement, we are hoping to have Judge Emmett endorsed by the Harris County AFL-CIO.

Similarly, Commissioner Morman has been a reliable and important friend to the I.L.A. and all labor organizations on the Harris County Commissioners Court. Precinct 2 includes a large portion of the Houston Ship Channel and as a result, Commissioner Morman has recognized his unique role in insuring the continued success of the Port.  Commissioner Morman has demonstrated his support for the working families in his precinct and has earned our respect and support. Along with our endorsement for re-election we are also hoping to have Commissioner Morman endorsed by the Harris County AFL-CIO.

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International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO Endorses Sylvia Garcia For Congress

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Serving in Congress since being elected in 1992, our good and loyal friend Gene Green announced that he was not running for reelection to the 29th Congressional District of Texas. With that news, another longtime friend of the ILA, Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia announced that she would run for the 29th District.

Garcia who has been a champion of workers’ rights and working families will continue fighting for us in Congress. Garcia has been not only a vote but a voice for the people she represents. The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO has been an avid supporter of Garcia since she was elected as Harris County Commissioner in 2002.

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District officials and Houston ILA local officials met with Garcia at ILA Local 28 on November 28, 2017 to show their unwavering support and to endorse her for Congress. Representatives from Plumbers Local 68, Teamsters Local 988, and Pipefitters Local 211 also attended.

The primary election is scheduled for March 6, 2018 and the general election November 6, 2018. As a reminder, all should be registered to vote and participate in the election process to ensure we elect friendly officials.

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New Features Available in The ILA Mobile App!

ILA_MyPayFlyer copyWe are pleased to announce new features on The ILA Mobile App! The new features are only available for workers receiving paychecks from West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA). The new features allow you to view:

– Year-To-Date (YTD) Contract Hours by local
– Year-To-Date (YTD) Gross Income Pay for the calendar year
– MILA healthcare status bar
– Certifications with expiration dates

To access the new features, click on the “My Info” button on the home screen.

Download The ILA Mobile App Today!
App Store (iOS): https://goo.gl/OOZdre
Play Store (Android): https://goo.gl/b69P3i

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Peak Shipping Season Red-Hot at Container Ports

East and Gulf Coasts on Pace to Surpass 2016 Levels

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The peak 2017 shipping season remains red hot, with nearly every major port reporting greater container traffic in September than a year ago.

The data comes in at a time of the year when many retailers import consumer goods for the upcoming holiday season.

The Port of Savannah, which ranks No. 4 in North America based on annual volume, announced that it handled 325,141 industry-standard 20-foot-equivalent container units or TEUs, a 5.4% increase from September 2016. The port has not fallen below 300,000 in any month this year, which represents the first time that’s happened since the port began tracking the data in 2003.

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A Workers’ Bill of Rights Passed at the AFL-CIO 2017 Convention

tw_billofrights_1At the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention, the delegates passed a resolution calling for the creation of a Workers’ Bill of Rights. Speaking in support of the resolution, President Richard L. Trumka said:

Sisters and brothers, working people need a bill of rights.

A collective bargaining agreement for America.

This will serve as a platform for our members to rally around. It will give prospective members a clear statement of our values. And it will provide political candidates and elected officials with a litmus test for our support.

We simply refuse to accept the reality of struggling to make ends meet in the richest country in the world at its richest point in history. And so we demand rights that ensure we are able, through our work, to lead better lives.

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