Labor Day 2018 Message From Harold J. Daggett, President, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO

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On behalf of the Executive Officers of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO, I want to wish our ILA members and their families an Happy Labor Day. Labor Day 2018 is a special time for the ILA. Your ILA Wage Scale Delegates have negotiated a landmark Six-Year Master Contract extension with incredible protections against loss of jobs due to fully automated terminals; semi-automated terminals and fully automated protections. This contact includes raises for our ILA members and fully protects our fantastic health care plan, MILA. It is not only the best contract in ILA history, I am proud to say that it may be the greatest Collective Bargaining Agreement in the history of Organized Labor. We will be holding the ratification vote on this contract this Thursday, September 6, 2018.

On this Labor Day 2018, I want you all to know how proud I am of our ILA membership and thank you for your continued support.

God bless the ILA and God bless America.

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Ratification Vote on Six-Year Master Contract Set For Next Thursday, September 6th, 2018; President Harold Daggett Calls Proposed Agreement “A Giant Step Forward in the Collective Bargaining History of the ILA.”

NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (Thursday, August 30, 2018) ILA President Harold Daggett today notified ILA locals covered by the Master Contract that a ratification vote on the proposed Six-Year Contract that was overwhelmingly approved by ILA Wage Scale Committee in early June, will take place next Thursday, September 6 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“As your International President, I am pleased to inform you that on June 7, 2018, the ILA Wage Scale Committee overwhelmingly approved an extension to the Master Contract that will be effective October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2024,” wrote President Daggett.

“The International now seeks your ratification of this agreement,” President Daggett added in a letter he sent to all ILA Locals announcing the September 6th ratification date.

The International has instructed all Locals involved in the ratification vote to make available to its members the terms of the agreement covered in President Daggett’s letter. ILA Locals have also received ballots and tally sheets, as well as the rules of procedure for the contract ratification vote. Locals are to make available to members in good standing for inspection, the membership list before the vote and permit them to observe the voting and tallying process.

ILA President Harold Daggett and the ILA Wage Scale Committee strongly encourage a “yes” vote on the six-year extension.

“The ILA has negotiated an extension that not only protects the benefits you already have but also enhances these benefits to ensure that you are compensated appropriately for all your hard work,” said President Daggett in his letter to ILA members. “I am particularly pleased with the jurisdictional protections that the ILA has negotiated that will ensure that your jobs will be preserved in the years ahead. I believe that this proposed extension represents a giant step forward in the collective bargaining history of the ILA.

“Even though I am extremely pleased with the proposed extension that the ILA negotiated, there is one final obstacle that must be overcome before the ILA can say that its members will be protected for the next six years, the ratification vote. I hope to have the ratification vote among ILA members in good standing in all ILA ports covered by the Master Contract on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The ILA Wage Scale Committee endorses the proposed extension to Master Contract and, on its behalf, I ask that each of you also approve the agreement by voting yes to its ratification,” wrote ILA President Daggett.

ILA Executive Vice President Dennis Daggett describes the details of the Six Year Master Contract is a video:

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Fund Established to Aid Family of Cody Carter, Father of Nine and ILA Local 28 Member Who Was Killed Last Week In Tragic Accident While Working As a Longshoreman

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Jack Pennington, the president of ILA Local 28 in Houston, Texas lost his nephew, Cody Carter in a tragic accident on the docks. Brother Cody Carter was also a member of ILA Local 28 and leaves behind his wife, Melissa Carter and nine children. President Pennington has established a “GoFundMe” page in Cody’s honor and he, along with South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District President Alan Robb, are requesting ILA members donate to this fund to help the Cody Carter’s family.

“Cody Carter leaves behind his loving wife, Melissa and nine children,” said District President Robb. “This GoFundMe page has been established for his family. Please donate if you can. Anything will help. God Bless you and God Bless the ILA.”

Services for Brother Cody Carter will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Turning Point Church in Vidor, Texas at 11 am.

Cody Carter’s wife, Melissa wrote on her Facebook book page: “The Service for my sweet husband will be held Saturday, August 25 at 11 am. Services will be held at Turning Point Church in Vidor, Texas. I would love for everyone who knew and loved Cody to be there. Nothing would mean more to me than to see an amazing amount of love shown for him.”

“On behalf of the officers and members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, we extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Melissa Carter and the Carter family on the tragic loss of Cody Carter,” said International President Harold Daggett “We will do all we can to support you and your family.”

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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”.

Click Here to View the SAGCD 91st Convention (2nd Quadrennial) Resolutions

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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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