2019 J. H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship Reception & Awards Luncheon


On Saturday, June 8th, the 2019 J. H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship Reception & Awards Luncheon was held at the Marriott Marquis – Houston. This reception marked the 10th year of the event with a total of $120,000 in academic and vocational scholarship funds awarded to 31 recipients.

The luncheon began with an invocation by Larry Sopchak and speech by Alan Robb, South Atlantic Gulf Coast District – ILA President.  President Robb described the importance of scholarships to the scholars and their families and shared his goal to eventually be able to award a scholarship to every applicant.  Master of Ceremonies Charles Montgomery began by speaking about the late Mr. Raspberry.  “Buddy was a student for all his life in the sense he never stopped learning.  He was aware of the value of a formal education and it is only fitting that his memory is honored through this scholarship fund.”

The 2019 J. H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship winners are as follows:

Kristen Harris (Memorial Scholarship), Citalli Martinez (Captain John T. Scardasis Scholarship), Isabella Martingano, Michael “McKane” Groover, Ivonne Prosperie, Tyler DeRose, Carsten Cherrington, Jeremiah Baldwin, Chad Aaron Johnson, Madison Segovia, Emaley Jackson, Savanna Chatman, Jordyn Groover, Analyn Gonzalez, Danielle Fitzmaurice, Elizabeth Torres, Kayla Izaguirre, Charles Osamor, Kurtis Alfafara, Gabriella Gonzalez, Rebecca Shaffer, Maisey Gonzalez, Katelyn O’Quinn, Briceyda Zepeda, Cody Keller, Ajay Chaney, Fernando Tamez, Isabella Nunez, Steban Soto, Josiah Lewis, and Abigail Stites.

The ILA proudly supports the educational endeavors of our future generations.  Congratulations to our scholars and their families!

A special thank you to the J.H. “Buddy” Raspberry Board:  Co-Administrators Shareen Larmond and Eric Nelson; and Trustees Adam Brooks, Chelsea Egmon, Benny Holland, Dave Morgan, Alan Robb, B. R. Williams, Eloy Cortez & Jeff Davis.

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International and Atlantic Coast District To Hold Quadrennial Conventions in July 2019 in Hollywood, Florida

NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (April 19, 2019) The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO will hold its 55th Quadrennial Convention from July 22-25, 2019 at the Diplomat Beach Resort Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, according to an announcement by International President Harold J. Daggett. Mr. Daggett, who will serve as Convention Chairman for the ILA’s conclave, has announced that he intends to run for reelection as International President. Elections will be held for all Executive Offices and Executive Council members on the final day of the four-day conference.

The ILA’s Atlantic Coast District will hold its 36th Quadrennial Convention during the week prior to the International Convention. The ACD will be in convention session on Tuesday, July 16 through Thursday, July 18, 2019, also at the Diplomat Hotel. Michael J. Vigneron is completing his first four-year term as ACD President and is expected to run for reelection. The ACD will hold elections for all its officers on the final day of their assembly.

Each convention will feature prominent speakers from labor, politics, business and the maritime community. Resolutions will be considered at the two Conventions where the ACD and ILA will map out programs, strategies and goals to accomplish over the next four years.

The Conventions come nearly a year after ILA President Daggett and the union negotiated a landmark six-year contract with generous wage increases and protections against fully automated terminals. It is likely both union and management speakers will discuss this new agreement and its impact in their Convention remarks.

Convention Calls have already gone out to ILA Locals with information on Convention delegates, submission of resolutions and other important items. This year, for the first time, delegates and guest attending the convention will register on-line, with instructions and links sent to locals after they complete and return their Convention Calls.

“We look forward to gathering together for our two major Conventions,” said ILA President Daggett. “We have worked very hard these past four years to make our ILA stronger and we will now hold these Conventions to design our strategies for meeting the challenges in the future.”

Convention badges and other material will be available for pick-up during two-days prior to each convention. The ACD will hold its pre-convention delegate and guests badge pickups on Sunday, July 14, and Monday, July 15, 2019. The International will hold pre-Convention registration for delegates and guests on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, 2019.

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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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