SAGCD 91st Convention (2nd Quadrennial) Resolutions

We have just completed a very effective 91st Convention of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District.  Thank you to all delegates, officers and guests for making the Convention a success.  The Convention delegates passed several important resolutions for your attention and action.

Resolution Number 1 submitted by Lovette McGill:  “Resolution on Equility and Inclusion”

Resolution Number 2 submitted by Darryl “Mike D.” Payne:  “Resolution Establishing Strategies for the 2018 Mid-Term Elections”;

Resolution Number 3 submitted by Richard H.D. Ross:  “Resolution for a District-Wide Emergency Disaster Fund”;

Resolution Number 4 submitted by Richard H.D. Ross:  “Resolution for Implementation of PAC Funds”;

Resolution Number 5 submitted by Darryl “Mike D.” Payne:  “Resolution for Payment of Reasonable Attorney Fees for any Current or Former ILA Local Union Elected Official Who Has Been Acquitted of all Criminal Charges that Alleged Illegal Conduct While Serving in ILA Local Union Elected Office”.

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International Vice President Charles Montgomery From Port of Houston Says U.S. Tariffs on Steel Failed in 2002 and Will Again in 2018 Cripple American Economy and Cost ILA Jobs

NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (August 1, 2018) International Vice President Charles Montgomery from the Port of Houston knows first-hand that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are destined to fail, will disrupt U.S. commerce and cost ILA members their jobs. History is not on President Trump’s side when it comes to tariffs. Nearly two decades ago, President George W. Bush imposed tariffs on steel imports and the result was disastrous.

“I remind all that in 2002, President George W. Bush used the same Article ‘Section 232’ of the 1962 Fair Trade Act to impose tariffs on imported steel,” said Brother Montgomery, a 50-year veteran of the ILA and the current president of the Houston ILA Dock and Marine Council. “This exercise and the reaction of our trade partners had costly effects on our ILA, negatively impacting not only our ‘breakbulk’ operation, but our container cargoes as well.

“The American economy lost some 200,000 jobs as a result,” Montgomery added.  Even the threat of imposing these tariffs resulted in a decline in steel import throughout 2017.  “As we enter the last half of 2018, a continuing decline is apparent,” noted Brother Montgomery.  The reciprocal effect of trade retaliation will impact each of our ILA ports and ripple across all our job crafts and all cargoes. During 2017 Houston ILA members worked over five hundred thousand (550K) man-hours on import steel and another three hundred thousand (300k) man-hours on export cargo loading back on these steel carrying vessels.

“I would also point out steel and aluminum in smaller shipments of 5000-7000 m/tons move via container in our port and probably many other ILA ports,” said Brother Montgomery. Brother Montgomery has played a leading role with the ILA at the Port of Houston for several decades. He began his ILA career in 1968 working as a longshoreman with ILA Local 1273. He joined ILA Local 1351 in 1971 as a clerk and checker and has served on that local’s Executive Board and Contract Committee since 1971. For 12 years, Brother Montgomery led ILA Local 1351 as its president. Brother Montgomery noted that the ILA in the Port of Houston, as a stakeholder, works closely and shoulder to shoulder with the American Institute of International Steel (AIIS) in advancing free and responsible trade in steel.

South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, ILA President Alan Robb invited John D. Foster, Chairman of the AIIS, to address ILA delegates at their 91st Convention in Miami, Florida two weeks ago. Mr. Foster echoed the ILA’s concern about the damaging impact of Trump’s tariffs on shipments.  Brother Montgomery provided statistics to illustrate how automobile import man-hours at the Port of Houston were cut in half from nearly 48 million man-hours in 2016 to 24.5 million in 2018.

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ILA Manhours Threatened as Trade Wars Over Tariffs Takes Effect

At the recent ILA’s South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District Convention in Florida, delegates heard from John D. Foster, (pictured below with ILA’s Alan Robb) Chariman of the American Institue for International Steel who warned ILA members that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on foreign imports could have grave consequences on ILA manhours at many ports.
Trump’s short-sited and lame attempt to “put America first” may have the opposite effect, according to Mr. Foster, as well as most most members of Congress and the general American public.
Alan Robb, President of the ILA’s South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District invited Mr. Foster to address the hundreds of ILA delegates and guests at the 91st Convention held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Mami in July to educate members about the importance of steel imports to the Port of Houston and other Gulf and Atlantic Coast Ports. President Robb and the ILA’s South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District have been working closely with American Institute of International Steel for a number of years to combat legislation that cuts into these job opportunities for ILA members.
“I was very happy with his presentation,” said President Robb of Mr. Foston. “His organization has brought millions of tons of steel through Houston. We want to protect this commerce.”
President Trump’s tariffs represents a major threat to ILA jobs.
President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum was the opening salvo in a trade war that has promised a tit-for-tat retaliation on U.S. exports by countries hit by the President’s tariff.
The 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum have substantially increased costs for metal import distributors and manufacturers and have threatened their businesses and associated jobs.

In a 2016 study entitled the “National Economic Impact of Imported Iron and Steel on the U.S. Marine Transportation System,” Martin Associates analyzed not only the overall economic impact of imported metals but also specifically the number of jobs created. The study reported that over “26 thousand jobs are directly generated by iron and steel imports” that flow through our nation’s global gateways.
Foreign steel imports through Gulf Coast, East Coast and Great Lakes ports accounted for more than 3.5 million ILA man-hours in 2017, according to Mr. Foster and the American Institute for International Steel, which focuses more closely on one aspect of employment in the U.S. marine transportation system.
As America’s global trading partners implement reciprocal levies on U.S. exports and with the Trump Administration’s threats of additional tariffs from countries targeted by the Administration, hundreds of thousands of jobs nationally and millions of more longshore man-hours will be placed at risk.
The ILA encourages the Administration to reconsider its position on tariffs and forge fair and responsible trade policies that promote domestic job growth without jeopardizing existing family-sustaining jobs in the United States.

 

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Photos from the South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District, ILA 91st (Second Quadrennial) Convention

Hundreds of delegates and guests heard from a number of speakers from the ILA; management groups; port authorities and lawmakers during the four-day convention held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida.

Click Here to view photos from the South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District, ILA ILA 91st (Second Quadrennial) Convention.

Photos courtesy of Leroy Smith – ILA Local 1416 – Miami, Florida

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ILA Safety Video Series


ILA Safety Video Series // Containers

Produced By: Motion Filmworks www.motionfilmworks.com
Directed By: Dorian Iribarren
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Special Thanks To:
Kenneth Riley: ILA Local 1422
Lance McLaughlin: ILA Local 1771
Derrick Holmes: ILA Local 1422
Lamond Nelson: ILA Local 1422
Anthony Jackson: ILA Local 1422
Ronald Denmark: ILA Local 1422
Nick Christ: ILA Local 1771
Marquette Mapp: ILA Local 1422
Laramie Manigo: ILA Local 1422
Paul Harris: SSA Marine
Kelsi Childress: South Carolina Ports Authority
Gene Coker: South Carolina Ports Authority

 

ILA Safety Video Series // Maintenance & Repair
Produced By: Motion Filmworks www.motionfilmworks.com
Directed By: Dorian Iribarren
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Instagram: instagram/motionfilmworks

Special Thanks To:
Leonard Bailey: ILA Local 1422-A
Antileo Dingle: ILA Local 1422-A
Simeon McNeal: ILA Local 1422-A
Quinton Jones: ILA Local 1422-A
Antonio Mac: ILA Local 1422-A
Devon Gary ILA Local 1422-A
Kelsi Childress: South Carolina Ports Authority
Gene Coker: South Carolina Ports Authority

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