New Features for ILA Workers in Jacksonville!

We are pleased to announce new features available to ILA workers in Jacksonville!  They can now view weekly updates on Year-To-Date (YTD) Contract Hours, YTD Gross Income Pay for the calendar year and the MILA healthcare status bar.  We look forward to working with your port soon!

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ILA District Opposes Mayor Turner

For Immediate Release
March 19, 2019

The International Longshoremen’s Association South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District is rescinding its prior support of Mayor Sylvester Turner. This action is taken as a result of Turner’s handling of Proposition B and the collective bargaining process.  District President Alan A. Robb said, “Mayor Turner has turned his back on Houston Firefighters, the labor movement, and Houston voters in his apparent refusal to bargain in good faith with the firefighters for a mutual resolution. The Mayor continues to fight the will of the voters and has shown a total lack of respect for the 298,000 Houstonians who sided with our firefighter brothers and sisters.  Currently and significantly, firefighters continue to express their frustration with the Turner administration.”

The Turner administration has displayed hostility to the collective bargaining process. “Mayor Turner’s administration is apparently seeking an erosion of public employee rights in pending litigation which has caused the ILA concern and is a factor in our opposition to Mayor Turner. As working men and women in this community we have a stake in any effort to suppress workers’ voices. We hope the mayor realizes the impact of his decisions regarding the firefighters has a domino effect that hurts all wage earners in this community.” Robb said.

The ILA represents over 65,000 longshore workers along the eastern and gulf coasts, including the Port of Houston.

Turner Press Release – March 19, 2019

Contact:  Eloy Cortez
Phone:  281-461-8888

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THREE’S A CHARM: ILA President Harold Daggett Seeks 3rd Term


ILA President Harold Daggett announces he’ll seek third term as ILA President at union’s quadrennial Convention in July 2019. President Daggett successfully negotiated landmark six-year Master Contract In 2018.

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Our Time is NOW: Leading with Passion, Purpose & Power New Jersey State AFL-CIO Hosts 16th Annual WILD Conference


More than 300 union sisters from all sectors of organized labor gathered at the Hilton East Brunswick Hotel on Friday, March 1 for the 16th annual Women In Leadership Development (WILD) Conference. This two-day conference featured several distinguished speakers, including Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, and Alice Paul Institute Executive Director Lucienne Beard.

“WILD brings a multifaceted approach to leadership development through interactive education, mentorship and enduring networks of solidarity, and every year we are proud to add new layers to this foundation that reflect our changing culture and political environment,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan. “This year, the atmosphere of unity and sisterhood was remarkable as both first-time and long-time WILD sisters joined together to listen, learn, and lead in the fight to strengthen our labor movement and nation.”

On Saturday, the second day of the conference, attendees participated in two workshop discussions— Lobbying/Advocacy and Making a Difference: A Guide to Forming Women’s Committees—which provided the latest insights into building leadership skills and how to apply those strategies and tools to strengthen the collective voice of organized labor.

During the Lobbying/Advocacy session, attendees learned essential skills and strategies for making sure key issues are addressed by elected public officials. The panel featured a number of experienced lobbyist, including Kaufman Zita Group Senior Vice President Jeannine Frisby LaRue, CWA Political & Education Director Michele Liebtag, and Assemblywoman Carol A. Murphy. New Jersey State AFL-CIO Legislative Director Eric Richard served as moderator.

The next workshop, Making a Difference: A Guide to Forming Women’s Committees, outlined the steps one would need to follow in order to form a women’s committee, get it established, and assure support for its goals. The discussion was guided by the vast knowledge and experience of several women union leaders—including IUPAT Director of Government & Community Maria Foster, USW Women of Steel Coordinator Teresa Hartley, UWUA National Organizer/Women’s Caucus Chair Valerie King, and UBC Chair of Sisters in the Brotherhood Susan Schultz—while AFT Professional Negotiations Coordinator Jennifer S. Higgins acted as moderator.

“We were honored to welcome a distinguished panel of speakers and hundreds of our sisters to our conference this year,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “This conference builds on WILD’s tradition of empowering ourselves, our unions, and our communities. And now, as we move forward, we will make sure that our sisters and brothers continue to lead the way in advancing a justice-driven agenda for all working people.”

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is the only state federation in the nation to host an annual women’s leadership conference. We thank our WILD sisters and sponsors for their many years of support, enabling our state to champion a diverse, strong, and durable labor movement.

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ILA President Harold Daggett Brings U.S. Longshore Delegation To International Dockers’ Council Conference In Barcelona, Spain to Meet With European Dockers and Study Future Challenges Facing Longshoremen Including Threat of Automation





BARCELONA, SPAIN – (February 22, 2019) International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold J. Daggett brought a small delegation from his union to Barcelona, Spain this week to participate in an International Dockers’ Council (IDC) Conference where they were joined by Dockworker Leaders from Sweden, France and Spain, all who reaffirmed solidarity with each other and examined how they can protect and expand Dockworkers jobs into the future.

With several ports around the world expanding automation and further threatening dockers’ jobs, participants at the IDC conference Barcelona looked to the ILA and its President Daggett for answers. They all applauded the ILA’s success in negotiating and new six-year Master Contract late last year that includes powerful protections for ILA longshore members, including a contractual pledge by employers not to construct any automated or semi-automated facilities at ILA ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast.

The ILA leader credited the success his union had fighting off automation to unity by his entire membership throughout negotiations; convincing employers that ILA longshore workers could out-produce any automated equipment; and knowing the ILA had the backing and support of the world-wide International Dockers’ Council. President Daggett also credited the ILA’s Executive Vice President Dennis Daggett, his oldest son, who hammered out the details of the new contract, bringing youthful knowledge and energy to the contract talks.

Jordi Aragunde, General Coordinator of the IDC, welcomed IDC members to his hometown port city of Barcelona, during an all-day session at the Port of Barcelona’s World Trade Center on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Though many member-countries of the IDC were not present at this week’s Barcelona conference, Aragunde noted the strength in the room where leaders from Dockers organizations from the U.S., France, Sweden and Spain. While the threat of automation was a constant theme by most speakers at the IDC conference, the Swedish Dockers Union’s conflict with the Port of Sweden over threats to their jobs and livelihoods was also articulated, especially by Martin Berg of the Swedish Dockers’ Union.

Dennis A. Daggett addressed the IDC Conference and told delegates that the strength and appeal of the IDC was that its membership was strictly composed of Dockers from ports around the world.

“We don’t need anyone else to fight our fights,” said Dennis Daggett. “We have each other.”

Dennis Daggett also exposed the threat of seafarers in some areas of the world who are trying to infringe upon and perform working belonging to Dockers. He also spelled out the threat of government interference with the ultimate goal of stripping away the gains and power of Organized Labor.

The IDC delegation at the Barcelona conference agreed on a policy statement that will be released in the coming days on social media to summarize the actions of the IDC delegates present and then brought to the full IDC membership.

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