A Christmas Message from ILA President Harold J. Daggett

As our ILA families prepare to celebrate Christmas 2018, I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your support throughout the past year and for the almost eight years I have been honored to serve you as your International President.

Perhaps our greatest gift to our membership and our industry came a few months ago when the ILA negotiated a new six-year contract extension with United States Maritime Alliance that will bring growth and stability to our industry until September 30, 2024. Our employers agreed to protect our jobs and livelihoods by keeping fully automated terminals off our ports. The ILA, in turn, promised to deliver on productivity – we were both winners in 2018!

Your prayers and well wishes helped me through a very serious health issue this past year and, in turn, I will always keep ILA members and their families in my prayers, especially at Christmas Services this year. The ILA never begins an Executive Council meeting; a Wage Scale session or our Convention without offering a collective Prayer – Faith in our Lord and Fellowship with our Sister and Brother members have carried the ILA for more than a century.

May God bless us all this Holiday Season 2018 and may we all enjoy Good Health and Happiness in 2019.


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Day 2 of the 2018 ILA – South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District Educational Seminar

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Day 2 of the ILA – South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District Educational Seminar began with a warm welcome to Ron Kyser and John Kotowicz of the newly chartered ILA Local 2073 in Panama City, FL, which is still recovering from Hurricane Michael.  Always willing to assist brothers and sisters in need, many locals provided donations to the recovery effort, and the South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District Office will be matching the total contributions.

Laurence M. Goodman from the Willig, Williams & Davidson law firm in Philadelphia, PA gave a presentation about conducting local union elections and provided updates from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Rick Levy from the Texas AFL-CIO in Austin, TX discussed building the labor movement and urged attendees to get involved.  Tara Thibodaux from the Department of Labor in New Orleans, LA talked about union reporting and the top ten mistakes made by ILA local officials.

The Blue Ribbon Panel Meeting commenced following the presentations.  Tom Sullivan, Ron Signorino & Benjamin Bryan, representatives from the ILA-USMX Joint Safety Committee, addressed the dangerous surroundings we work in, the importance of safety, and recommended staying informed with the monthly OSH Circulars created by the committee.  They also provided statistics on accidents by injury, job and location.  Lastly, Nick Jumonville from the Midgulf Association in New Orleans, LA communicated information on how to respond to an active shooter.

Overall, the two-day educational seminar proved successful with information useful to attendees.

Please see links below to download presentations from Day 2 of the 2018 ILA South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District Educational Seminar:

DOL Dos and Don’ts by Laurence M. Goodman

Financial Recordkeeping by Tara Thibodaux

Top 10 Mistakes Made by ILA Union Officials by Tara Thibodaux

Blue Ribbon Panel by ILA~USMX Joint Safety Committee

Active Shooter Events:  How to Respond by Nick Jumonville

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Thomas W. Gleason, Jr., ILA’s General Counsel For Decades, Passes Away At 94


Thomas W. Gleason, Jr., oldest son of legendary ILA President Teddy Gleason, and an acclaimed labor attorney in his own right who argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and as General Counsel for the International Longshoremen’s Association, served under three Presidents, passed away on Wednesday, November 28th at 94.

Gleason was a larger than life character and a most deserving member of America’s Greatest Generation. He quit high school to join the Marines during the Second World War, losing a leg in the Battle of Saipan. Returning to the States as a wounded and heroic war veteran, his career options seemed limited. His father, Teddy Gleason, and other family members purchased a small resort in upstate New York -Browns Hotel – where Tommy Gleason turned the hotel into a boxing training camp. Many of the famed boxers of that era in the late 1940s and 1950s would spend summers training at the Gleason’s Browns Hotel. But Thomas Gleason was always bound for the New York Waterfront. A young Tommy Gleason found work on the New York waterfront following in the footsteps of his father and his grandfather, working as a checker and longshoreman during the day while attending school at night on the GI Bill, eventually obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan College and a Law Degree from St. John’s University.

He married at an early age and he and his wife, Catherine, had nine children.

As an attorney and General Counsel for the ILA, Tom Gleason helped the ILA leadership craft Collective Bargaining Agreements that would become legendary. Included in these landmark agreements was the Guaranteed Annual Income that helped buffer ILA members from the impact of Containerization; negotiating “coastwise” Master Contracts that helped strengthen the bargaining power of all ILA ports from Maine to Texas.
He would serve as counsel during his father’s six terms as ILA president and continued under the Administrations of John Bowers and Richard P. Hughes.

Like his father, Teddy Gleason, Thomas W. Gleason was active and revered in the Irish American community. Twenty years after Teddy Gleason led the 1984 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City as Grand Marshal, Tommy Gleason was bestowed the same honor in 2004 when he wore the Grand Marshal sash and led more than 200,000 marchers up Fifth Avenue. Thomas Gleason counted among his close friends the Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey; famed Irish comedian Hal Roach and renowned Irish tenor Frank Patterson.

“Thomas W. Gleason was a legend in his own right and his contributions to the ILA were outstanding,” said current ILA President Harold Daggett. “Tommy Gleason proved to be a great asset during his father’s presidency but his accomplishments were great and his memory will long endure.”

Thomas Gleason’s younger brother, Robert E. Gleason served in a number of positions with the ILA, including International Secretary-Treasurer from 1991 until his retirement in 2012.

Family will be receiving visitors at Thomas W. Gleason’s Wake, scheduled for Friday, November 30, 2018 at Frank E. Campbell, The Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Avenue (81st Street), New York, New York: 212-288-3500. Hours are 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday morning, December 1, 2018 at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, New York. Photograph is from July 2002, from left to right: Robert E. Gleason; Harold Daggettand the late Thomas W. Gleason.

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Day 1 of the 2018 ILA – South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District Educational Seminar


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Day 1 of the two day ILA – South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District Educational Seminar was held at the San Luis Hotel in Galveston, Texas. The seminar kicked off with a great start thanks to four exceptional speakers.  Paula M. Bruner of the Robein, Urann, Spencer, Picard & Cangemi law firm in New Orleans, LA provided guidance to attendees on preparing for Department of Labor audits. Joe Bontke, Outreach and Educational Coordinator for the Houston District Office EEOC, spoke on civility in the workplace.  Mike McMillion, motivational speaker from The McMillion Group in San Antonio, TX, focused on communication and working together to build a stronger membership. Day 1 was concluded with a presentation on fiduciary responsibility from Stuart Davidson of the Willig, Williams & Davidson law firm in Philadelphia, PA.

Seminar attendees received a wealth of information beneficial to local operations. We look forward to a successful Day 2 of the educational seminar.

Please see links below to download PowerPoints from Day 1 of the 2018 ILA South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District Educational Seminar:

Guidance to Local Unions on the DOL-OLMS Compliance Audit by Paula M. Bruner

How to Stay Out of the EEOC by Joe Bontke

“We Are Our Own Worst Enemy” by Mike McMillion

Fiduciary Responsibility by Stuart W. Davidson

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ILA President Harold J. Daggett 2018 Veteran’s Day Statement

NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (November 11, 2018) The officers and members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO proudly salutes all our U.S. Veterans on this 2018 Veteran’s Day. I am proud to have served in the Armed Forces and we especially salute the hundreds of thousands of ILA members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout our union’s 126-year history.

The ILA will always stand for “I Love America” and our union and the military have enjoyed a long and mutually respected partnership.

U.S. Veterans represent the best in America. They have proven their patriotism, their courage and their commitment to be the very best. We salute all U.S. Veterans.

God Bless the ILA and God Bless America.

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