ILA members from Maine to Texas sent a powerful message to their Sisters and Brothers in Hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico on Thursday: You will never walk alone.
Dozens of ILA members volunteered their time and muscle on Thursday to load containers with donations from hundreds of ILA members that will be shipped to their Sisters and Brothers in Puerto Rico. More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island of Puerto Rico causing massive damage, including loss of power, coupled with food and water shortages.
At Maher Terminals in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, ILA members began loading generators, blankets, cases of water and food products at 9 am and continued to fill two 40-foot containers throughout the day. Similar charitable efforts occurred at other ILA ports around the country.
ILA members in New Jersey were texting messages and photos to their ILA friends and colleagues in Puerto Rico letting them know help was on the way.
Union member helping union member. ILA members helping ILA members.
The petrochemical boom is leading to faster growth at maritime ports in Gulf Coast states than in other parts of the country, a new report by Chicago-based industrial real estate firm JLL shows.
“In recent years, the refining and processing of oil and gas into chemicals, plastics and other products has helped increase port volumes and industrial real estate demand along the Gulf Coast,” the report states.
Plastics and chemicals account for 46.7 percent of exports at the , one Port of Houston of 14 U.S. and Canadian ports that JLL studied. An estimated 250,000 cargo boxes of new exports will be created by 2019 as newly delivered petrochemical projects ramp up production, according to the report.
“The new demand has meant good news for much of the region, but especially the broader Houston market,” JLL said. “Close proximity to Port Houston and cheap natural gas makes this a market to watch over the next couple of years.”
Overseas demand for plastic pellets that can be used to make hundreds of products — from toys and medical devices to milk jugs — also is benefiting the Port of Charleston. Companies are building rail-served facilities near the port to bring in plastics that can’t be exported from the Gulf Coast because of limited container capacity.
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On Saturday, June 17th, the J. H. “Buddy” Raspberry 2017 Scholarship Reception & Awards Luncheon was held at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas. This was the 8th year of the event in which a total of $78,000 in scholarship funds was awarded to 22 recipients.
Buddy came to the Houston Waterfront in 1961 and joined ILA Local 1273. He rose through the ranks to become the President of the South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District (SAGCD) in 1978, until his untimely passing in 1990. Buddy was a “student” for all of his life in the sense that he never stopped learning. He was well aware of the value of a formal education as he attended Texas A&M University and University of Texas. It is only fitting that his memory be honored by this scholarship fund.
Retired SAGCD general counsel Jim Watson started an account for the scholarship fund in 1994. The account sat idle for many years until Michael Dickens, the former SAGCD Secretary-Treasurer, brought the fundraising to a new level by partnering with the Houston Port Authority and West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA). Through the joint fundraising efforts, the scholarship funds have grown from the original deposit of 100 dollars to an astounding 3.3 million dollars. Our success could not have been achieved without the contributions of our employers and partners of the industry as well as the hard working men and women of the ILA community who believed in the cause.
The J. H. Buddy Raspberry Scholarship is unique in that the scholarship recipient must be an employee, or child/grandchild of an employee, in the West Gulf ILA and maritime industry. We proudly support the educational endeavors of our future generations. Congratulations to our scholars and their families.