International and Atlantic Coast District Announce Dates For July 2019 Conventions

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NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (Feb. 20, 2019) The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO will hold its 55th Quadrennial Convention from Monday, July 22, 2019 to Thursday, July 25, 2019 at The Diplomat Beach Resort Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, according to an announcement from Harold J. Daggett, International ILA President who will serve as Convention Chairman.

The ILA’s Atlantic Coast District will hold its 36th Quadrennial Convention during the preceding week from Tuesday, July 16, 2019 to Thursday, July 18, 2019, also at the Diplomat Resort Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Michael J. Vigneron announced the ACD Convention dates and he will serve as Convention Chairman for the ACD conclave.

Hundreds of ILA delegates are expected to attend the two conventions which have adopted the theme: ILA Strong: Global Force, Elections for all International and Atlantic Coast District Executive Officers will be held at each respective convention.

A full speakers’ program is being formulated for both conventions featuring representatives from labor, maritime and politics. Resolutions submitted by ILA members will be considered and voted upon and the ACD and ILA will establish policies and programs to carry them forward over the next four years.

Convention Calls for both the ACD and ILA will be distributed soon to all ILA locals with information on convention delegates; guest registration; hotel registration information and instructions on submitting resolutions. The ACD and ILA are working toward conducting delegate and guest registration, as well as hotel reservations, on-line for the 2019 Conventions.

“We are excited to once again be approaching our Conventions, held every four years, bringing together ILA delegates from all our Atlantic and Gulf Coasts; Great Lakes, Canada and Puerto Rico, plus our many affiliated bodies including the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots; United Marine Division and Supreme Court Officers,” said ILA President Daggett. “We’ll conduct important business during the ILA’s four-day convention, but we also plan social events in the evenings to allow ILA families to reunite with each other and celebrate our strong solidarity.”

“The Atlantic Coast District is looking forward to setting a strong tone when we hold our Convention from July 16th to July 18th,” said ACD President Vigneron. “With an energetic program of speakers and convention work, we want to charge up our ILA members prior to the International Convention.”

Registration for the ACD Convention will take place two days prior to the start of the convention, on Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15, 2019. Likewise, ILA Convention registration will begin on Saturday, July 20 and continue on Sunday, July 21, 2019 prior to the International Convention opening.

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After New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Praises ILA President Harold J. Daggett In Video, A Thousand Cheer His Remarks At Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Dinner In New York

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called ILA President Harold J. Daggett “one of his partners in growing the New Jersey economy,” in a video tribute that was shown to a thousand labor leaders, shipping and maritime executives, port authority and political leaders in attendance at the 102nd New York-New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association on Thursday evening at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan, New York.

To thunderous applause, ILA President Daggett proclaimed at the podium on a dais filled with a virtual Who’s Who of this nation’s maritime industry, “To recognize me and to honor my union – the ILA-with this most distinguished award is a tribute I never could have imagined. I want to thank the organizers for including the ILA in this company. We’re proud to be part of this maritime community.

Bill Skinner, the president of the Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers introduced the ILA leader and praised him, along with Dave Adam, Chairman and CEO of USMX, for delivering a new six-year Master Contract Agreement that, President Skinner noted, will help the industry grow and move forward all the way to September 30, 2024.
President Daggett also devoted a portion of his remarks praising the benefits of the new six-year agreement.

“Now is a good time to thank Dave Adam, and all his members, for the job they did with us in negotiating our new six-year Master Contract,” ILA President Daggett said. “It was a major achievement and, in my opinion based on my more than five decades in this industry, is the greatest contract in our ILA’s long, 127-year history.”

He added: “I think it was the greatest for USMX as well. It was a win-win contract that both sides received the major items they were looking for over the next six years.”

The 2019 New York-New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association Dinner set records for attendance and generated great enthusiasm to hear the ILA President speak to a general audience since he successfully negotiated the new six-year deal.

NJ Gov. Murphy’s video message cited why ILA President Daggett was the perfect choice to be honored by the Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers: “He (Harold Daggett) knows that good international trade relations mean good jobs for his members,” said Gov. Murphy.

ILA President Daggett said real value will result in the future from the Foreign Freight Forwarders recognizing the ILA.

“This honor for me tonight already will result in benefits for the Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers; the ILA and USMX,” President Daggett said. “I have asked your president Bill Skinner and Bob Connor to plan meetings a couple of times a year with USMX; NYSA; the ILA; the truckers and Port Authorities, to discuss ways we can help each other grow all our industries. A rising tide lifts all boats.”

The ILA President revealed to the audience that this new landmark six-year Master Contract resulted from tough negotiations:
“We all know how much I was against fully automated terminals – I made it clear to Dave and his negotiating team from the start that I needed that guarantee that we would invest in my members for this contract extension.

“It took some convincing and long and tough negotiating sessions, but the ILA assured Dave and his team that we would produce for them, far better than any robot or equipment could.

“Our members have hearts and souls and families to support and communities to live in and build.

“USMX understood this and agreed with us.

“Since the signing of the new six-year contract, I have repeatedly told my members that we have to make good on our pledge to increase container moves to over 30 an hour – and maybe even more in some ports.

“In a few weeks, I will be gathering my Executive Council for meetings in Tampa, Florida, and I will hammer this point to them again. We must deliver on this contract.
“And we will!”

ILA President asked all his members and families to stand up and be saluted at the dinner to demonstrate the large contingent present.

 

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ILA President Harold J. Daggett To Be Honored on Thursday as Person of the Year By NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association at Manhattan Gala. One Thousand Leaders from Labor and Maritime Expected To Attend

51492988_10156562130864331_5270603794852347904_nNORTH BERGEN, NJ – The New York/ New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association will honor Harold J. Daggett, International President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO, as its 2019 Person of the Year. Mr. Daggett will be honored at a gala dinner and dance on February 7, 2019 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

A crowd of 1,000 is expected to attend this premier maritime event to honor Harold J. Daggett, who was unanimously re-elected International President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO at the union’s quadrennial convention in July 2015. He was first elected International President in 2011, becoming the ninth president in the ILA’s 124 years of existence. As International President, Mr. Daggett serves as chief negotiator for the ILA representing 45,000 ILA members at port areas from Maine to Texas, Great Lakes region, Puerto Rico, major U.S. Rivers and Eastern and Central Canada.

Said William Skinner, NYNJFFFBA President said: “Mr. Daggett recently negotiated a new six-year Master Contract extension with United States Maritime Alliance that will remain in effect until September 30, 2024. The Contract includes landmark provisions including full protection for ILA members against loss of jobs resulting from automated ports.”

Mr. Skinner added: “USMX agreed that no fully automated terminals would be constructed at ILA ports for the life of the contract. The new six-year agreement includes generous increases in wages and funding and protections for the national health care program, called MILA. This virtually ensures labor peace on the East and U. S. Gulf ports through September 2024 and for his major role in this initiative our association has selected Mr. Daggett to be so honored.”

Within his first seven years as International President, Harold Daggett has now negotiated two major contracts that keep ILA members among the best compensated blue-collar workers in America.

In September 2013, Mr. Daggett was elected as a Vice President to the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO. He also serves on the Executive Council of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Mr. Daggett also holds leadership positions with the International Dockers Council (IDC) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

A third generation ILA member, Mr. Daggett followed in the footsteps of his father and namesake, Harold Daggett, Sr., who worked in the ILA industry for 57 years. Mr. Daggett himself is now a veteran of over 50 years with the ILA having first joined ILA Local 1804-1 following an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1967, where he served in Vietnam in the mid-1960s.

He began his ILA career as a mechanic with Local 1804-l and eventually worked his way up to foreman. For 11 years, he was with Sea-Land Services until his appointment in 1980 as Secretary-Treasurer and Business Agent ILA Local 1804-1.

He was later re-elected six times to that post, while also serving terms as Secretary-Treasurer of the New York-New Jersey District Council. In 1998, he was elected President of ILA Local 1804-1.

Daggett’s responsibilities with the ILA were expanded in 1991 with his election as Secretary-Treasurer of the Atlantic Coast District. He was later reelected ACD Secretary in 1995 and 1999.

For 12 years prior to his election as International President in 2011, Daggett served as an ILA Executive Officer: eight years as Assistant General Organizer and the most recent four years as Executive Vice President. After leading the one of the largest locals in the ILA as president for 14 years, Harold Daggett stepped down as president of ILA Local 1804-1 in September 2011. He now is President Emeritus of ILA Local 1804-1.

In October 2013, the ILA’s Alexander Talmadge-Edward L. Brown, Sr. Civil Rights Committee honored him at the organization’s first Dinner celebration. In 2015, Mr. Daggett was the Guest of Honor at the Foreign Commerce Club Annual Dinner. In June 2015, Mr. Daggett was honored by the New Jersey AFL-CIO as its Outstanding Labor Leader.

Through his local leadership, Mr. Daggett and the members of Local 1804-1 have raised more money for the ILA Children’s Fund—which benefits The Hole In the Wall Gang Camp—than any other local in ILA. Mr. Daggett is actively involved in other charities, including Toys for Tots and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The father of three children—Lisa, Dennis and John—Harold resides in Sparta, New Jersey.

The dinner is one of the largest industry events in the United States and is attended by executives and representatives of the ocean carriers, forwarders, brokers, terminal operators, government and the many ancillary industries.

he New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association, Inc. is one of the oldest transportation related organizations in the United States today. Founded in 1917, the association provides information on issues and developments important to its members; serves as a voice for the freight forwarding, customs brokerage and OTI communities in policy and regulation decision-making; and protects and advocates the best interests of the group as a whole. For more information, visit www.nynjforwarders-brokers.org

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Strength of ILA Master Contract That Protects Members Against Automation For Six Years

ILWU workers staged a protest outside the port building in San Pedro Thursday January 24, 2019 where harbor commission will be taking up an item that would bring more automation to one of its terminals. Mark Mendoza ILWU Local 13 president speaks to the crowd. Photo By Chuck Bennett

ILWU workers staged a protest outside the port building in San Pedro Thursday January 24, 2019 where harbor commission will be taking up an item that would bring more automation to one of its terminals. Mark Mendoza ILWU Local 13 president speaks to the crowd. Photo By Chuck Bennett

NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (January 25, 2019) Any doubts about ILA President Harold J. Daggett strong opposition to fully-automated terminals and the value of the ILA’s new Six-Year Master Contract extension signed last summer, were erased when news of a major protest on Thursday by longshore workers belonging to Local 13, International Longshore and Warehouse Union in Los Angeles was reported. The central issue of the protest by West Coast longshoremen was the threat of automated terminals.

ILA President Daggett fought long and hard throughout negotiations against the construction of any fully automated terminals at Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. The ILA leader was successful and convinced the ILA’s employer group -United States Maritime Alliance – to make it part of the new six-year agreement.

The Port of Long Beach, California already features a fully automated port and now ILWU members are actively protesting the expansion of automated terminals to other port areas. According to the west coast publication, “The Daily Breeze,” ILWU members belonging to Local 13 picketed outside a meeting of the L.A. Board of Harbor Commissions on Thursday, to protest the approval of a permit that will allow a major terminal operator to increase automation at the Port of Los Angeles.

“Leaders for the International Longshore and Warehouse union argued that adding automation could eliminate thousands of jobs and damage the larger community,” the news report said.

ILA members, meanwhile, are applauding their own agreement with USMX that protects ILA workers from loss of jobs and livelihoods for six years. ILA members are so grateful for their own agreement that they have started a Facebook campaign to have ILA President Daggett’s May 12th Birthday recognized as an official ILA holiday.

And the ILA’s achievement has not gone unnoticed by dockworkers around the world.

“ILA President Harold Daggett and the ILA negotiating team that includes Dennis Daggett, Steve Knott and Alan Robb should be congratulated for their strong stand protecting their membership while fighting the ravages of automation at our ports that will ultimately decimate our membership,” said Jordi Aragunde, General Coordinator of the world-wide International Dockers’ Council. “It is up to us in the other ports around the world to insist that our employers protect us and our jobs and livelihoods by applying the high standards established by Brother Harold Daggett and the ILA.”

“We were totally opposed to fully automated terminals and got the guarantees from our employers that they would not construct them during the life of our new package,” said President Daggett. “We are committed to give our employers far superior productivity and increase our hourly container moves, far better than any robot or automation could do.”

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HAROLD J. DAGGETT, ILA PRESIDENT, NAMED PERSON OF THE YEAR, BY THE NY/NJ FOREIGN FREIGHT FORWARDERS & BROKERS 102ND ANNUAL EVENT TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 7, 2019

NEW YORK, NY, JANUARY 3, 2019—The New York/ New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association has named Harold J. Daggett, International President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO, as its 2019 Person of the Year. Mr. Daggett will be honored at a gala dinner and dance on February 7, 2019 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Harold J. Daggett was unanimously re-elected International President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO at the union’s quadrennial convention in July 2015. He was first elected International President in 2011, becoming the ninth president in the ILA’s 124 years of existence. As International President, Mr. Daggett serves as chief negotiator for the ILA representing 45,000 ILA members at port areas from Maine to Texas, Great Lakes region, Puerto Rico, major U.S. Rivers and Eastern and Central Canada.

Said William Skinner, NYNJFFFBA President said: “Mr. Daggett recently negotiated a new six-year Master Contract extension with United States Maritime Alliance that will remain in effect until September 30, 2024. The Contract includes landmark provisions including full protection for ILA members against loss of jobs resulting from automated ports.”
Mr. Skinner added: “USMX agreed that no fully automated terminals would be constructed at ILA ports for the life of the contract. The new six-year agreement includes generous increases in wages and funding and protections for the national health care program, called MILA. This virtually ensures labor peace on the East and U. S. Gulf ports through September 2024 and for his major role in this initiative our association has selected Mr. Daggett to be so honored.”

Within his first seven years as International President, Harold Daggett has now negotiated two major contracts that keep ILA members among the best compensated blue-collar workers in America.

In September 2013, Mr. Daggett was elected as a Vice President to the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO. He also serves on the Executive Council of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Mr. Daggett also holds leadership positions with the International Dockers Council (IDC) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

A third generation ILA member, Mr. Daggett followed in the footsteps of his father and namesake, Harold Daggett, Sr., who worked in the ILA industry for 57 years. Mr. Daggett himself is now a veteran of over 50 years with the ILA having first joined ILA Local 1804-1 following an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1967, where he served in Vietnam in the mid-1960s.

He began his ILA career as a mechanic with Local 1804-l and eventually worked his way up to foreman. For 11 years, he was with Sea-Land Services until his appointment in 1980 as Secretary-Treasurer and Business Agent ILA Local 1804-1.

He was later re-elected six times to that post, while also serving terms as Secretary-Treasurer of the New York-New Jersey District Council. In 1998, he was elected President of ILA Local 1804-1.

Daggett’s responsibilities with the ILA were expanded in 1991 with his election as Secretary-Treasurer of the Atlantic Coast District. He was later reelected ACD Secretary in 1995 and 1999.

For 12 years prior to his election as International President in 2011, Daggett served as an ILA Executive Officer: eight years as Assistant General Organizer and the most recent four years as Executive Vice President. After leading the one of the largest locals in the ILA as president for 14 years, Harold Daggett stepped down as president of ILA Local 1804-1 in September 201l. He now is President Emeritus of ILA Local 1804-1.

In October 2013, the ILA’s Alexander Talmadge-Edward L. Brown, Sr. Civil Rights Committee honored him at the organization’s first Dinner celebration. In 2015, Mr. Daggett was the Guest of Honor at the Foreign Commerce Club Annual DinnerIn June 2015, Mr. Daggett was honored by the New Jersey AFL-CIO as its Outstanding Labor Leader.

Mr. Daggett, a New York City native, distinguished himself in scouting, first as a Cub Scout and later as a Boy Scout with Troop 127 in Queens. In his adult life, the Greater New York City Council, Boy Scouts of America with their prestigious Good Scout Award, honored Mr. Daggett.

Through his local leadership, Mr. Daggett and the members of Local 1804-1 have raised more money for the ILA Children’s Fund—which benefits The Hole In the Wall Gang Camp—than any other local in ILA. Mr. Daggett is actively involved in other charities, including Toys for Tots and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The father of three children—Lisa, Dennis and John—Harold resides in Sparta, New Jersey.

The dinner is one of the largest industry events in the United States and is attended by executives and representatives of the ocean carriers, forwarders, brokers, terminal operators, government and the many ancillary industries.

Sponsorships, tickets and membership directory advertising are available through the association at http://www.nynjforwarders-brokers.org or by telephone at 732-741-1936.

About New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association, Inc.

The New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association, Inc. is one of the oldest transportation related organizations in the United States today. Founded in 1917, the association provides information on issues and developments important to its members; serves as a voice for the freight forwarding, customs brokerage and OTI communities in policy and regulation decision-making; and protects and advocates the best interests of the group as a whole. For more information, visit www.nynjforwarders-brokers.org

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