ILA President Harold J. Daggett 2018 Veteran’s Day Statement

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NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (November 11, 2018) The officers and members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO proudly salutes all our U.S. Veterans on this 2018 Veteran’s Day. I am proud to have served in the Armed Forces and we especially salute the hundreds of thousands of ILA members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout our union’s 126-year history.

The ILA will always stand for “I Love America” and our union and the military have enjoyed a long and mutually respected partnership.

U.S. Veterans represent the best in America. They have proven their patriotism, their courage and their commitment to be the very best. We salute all U.S. Veterans.

God Bless the ILA and God Bless America.

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Message from Harold J. Daggett, President, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO on 2018 Elections

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NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (November 7, 2018) Americans voted in record number in yesterday’s 2018 mid-term elections where ILA members and working families everywhere help return the U.S. House of Representatives to a Democratic Majority. The ILA celebrates the reelection of our endorsed candidates Senator Robert Menendez in New Jersey and Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York and applauds the efforts of Andrew Gillum in Florida; Beto O’Rourke in Texas and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

The face of American politics is changing for the better and for the ILA. A record number of women were elected to the House of Representatives which will now serve as a much-needed check on an anti-union president and Senate. Labor’s voice has returned to Washington and to many State Houses across the nation.

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Stacy Abrams, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, spends her final day of her historic campaign to become the first African-American woman elected in this State, at ILA Local 1414


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Stacey Abrams, the dynamic and progressive Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Honored the ILA this morning by meeting with members at ILA Local 1414 in Savannah. International Vice President Willie J. Seymore; Local 1414 President Timothy Mackey and officers and ILA members welcomed the ILA-endorsed Democratic candidate to their packed union hall and again pledged the ILA’s full support to help make Stacey Abrams the first African-American woman elected Governor of Georgia. International Vice President Vince Cameron travelled up from Jacksonville, Florida to help greet Ms. Abrams to the ILA. ILA President Harold Daggett is counting on ILA members and their families in Georgia to get out the vote tomorrow.

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ILA Hoping to Help Make Political History in Georgia, Florida and Texas; Union Campaigns To Return Menendez To Senate in NJ and Cuomo To State House in New York

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NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (Sunday, November 4, 2018) Tens of thousands of ILA members are working hard in States from Maine to Texas hoping to make a difference on Election Day, this Tuesday, November 6th in the 2018 mid-term elections.

In Georgia and Florida, the ILA has endorsed two African-American candidates for Governor: Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida. Both are engaged in tight races and ILA support could make the differences in their respective races. Ms. Abrams plans to meet ILA members on Monday morning at ILA Local 1414 headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

In the Texas Senate race, Beta O’Rourke has waged a strong campaign in his effort to unseat Ted Cruz. It would mark an amazing shift in politics if O’Rourke can turn Texas blue. ILA members in Houston, Galveston and elsewhere are working hard for O’Rourke.
In the northeast, the ILA has endorsed Senator Robert Menendez for reelection in New Jersey. Sen. Menendez has been a strong ally for the ILA going back decades.

In New York, the ILA is support Andrew Cuomo for reelection hoping that Gov. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy can form a strong one-two punch to protect ILA members at its largest Port of New York and New Jersey.

In Ohio, Sherrod Brown looks to secure a third term in the U.S. Senate.
All seats of the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs this Tuesday and the ILA is hoping for a strong Blue Wave that will help Democrats regain control of the House and serve as a check on President Donald Trump.

ILA President Harold Daggett encourages all ILA members get out and vote and encourages family and friends to do likewise.

“We’re at an important moment in our history,” said President Daggett. “Working families in this country need to put candidates into office that share our values and protect our jobs and future. The most important thing we can do is vote.”

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Georgia Democratic Candidate Stacey Abrams Will Visit ILA Local 1414 in Headquarters in Savannah on Monday Morning, November 5th

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Stacy Abrams, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, will spend her final day of her historic campaign to become the first African-American woman elected in this State, at the headquarters of Local 1414 of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO, according to Willie J. Seymore, International Vice President from the Port of Savannah.”

“The next Governor of Georgia is coming to our ILA union hall in Savannah,” said an elated Brother Seymore. “Stacey Abrams will be coming to our ILA Local 1414 headquarters on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10 am to meet with ILA members. She started her campaign over a year ago visiting our ILA South Atlantic Dock and Marine Council meeting and will be making her final charge with ILA Sisters and Brothers who love her and are working hard to get her elected.”

Willie Seymore said International Vice Presidents Kerry Scott from Savannah and Vincent Cameron from Jacksonville, Florida will be joined by Savannah ILA Local 1414 President Timothy Mackey; Brunswick ILA Local 1423 Richard Nixon, and other ILA officers and hundreds of members and guests to welcome Stacey Abrams to the ILA’s Savannah Local.
“This is a great honor for the ILA in Savannah and throughout Georgia that Stacey Abrams would devote part of her final day of campaigning visiting the ILA,” said Willie J. Seymore.
A week ago, International President Harold J. Daggett announced the ILA’s endorsement of Stacey Abrams.

Stacey Abrams and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi with three tenets: go to school, go to church, and take care of each other. Despite struggling to make ends meet for their family, her parents made service a way of life for their children – if someone was less fortunate, it was their job to serve that person. This ethic – and her parents’ unwavering commitment to providing educational opportunity for their children – led the family to Georgia.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Stacey Abrams put her education to work to better the lives of Georgians through the government, nonprofit, and business sectors. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which submitted more than 200,000 registrations for voters of color between 2014 and 2016. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Stacey is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels, which have sold more than 100,000 copies. As co-founder of NOW Account – a financial services firm that helps small businesses grow – Stacey has helped create and retain jobs in Georgia. And through her various business ventures, Stacey has helped employ even more Georgians, including hundreds of young people starting out

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