After 18 months of uncertainty, members approved a contract negotiated by International Longshoremen Association officials and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore. The agreement is intended to supplement ILA’s upcoming coastwise master contract which addresses automation, outsourcing of work, and health care, among other items. Approval of the contract comes as a relief to customers as well as officials and employers who have dealt with continued strife since the three day strike in October 2013. That relief, however, may not last long.
Last November, Wilbert Rowell was named Trustee of Local 333 when accusations arose that leaders of the chapter had been stacking union rolls in order to win local elections. Upon Rowell’s appointment, he purged the rolls of about 500 recently appointed members.
86 of those employees whose membership was taken away from them, in addition to former Local 333 president Riker McKenzie and former recording secretary
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Vincent “The Vet” Aulisi
Three former members of the International Longshoremen’s Association have seen their days of muscling “tribute payments” come to an end. Vincent Aulisi is the former president of Local 1235, Thomas Leonardis was the president from 2008 until he was arrested in 2011, and Robert Ruiz was a union delegate and former ILA representative.
All three pleaded guilty to using real or implied threats of force or violence against fellow members of Local 1235 to extract “tribute,” and each face a possible 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. At the ages of 82, 56 and 55 respectively, they may end their lives behind bars.
The recent breakdown of talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance is increasing the likelihood that the East and Gulf coasts will be shut down by the end of September. ILA President, Harold Daggett warned back in March that a strike was possible. Again, on August 22, he reiterated, “It looks like we’re going to have a strike.”
The ramifications of a massive East coast port shutdown are huge – like billions of dollars huge – because it also impacts railroads, beneficial cargo owners, and third party logistics. Matthew Shay, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation said, there is “a real risk of disruption.” Another potential casualty is a man who hopes to be re-elected
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According to the New York Times, rooting out discrimination in union hall hiring in New York Harbor is nearly as hard as rooting out corruption. The longshoremen’s union has again defied government order last week, refusing to send a representative to a mandatory hearing and making the stunning announcement that the Waterfront Commission had no authority to demand that all hiring be done without discrimination. Put another way, the ILA is exerting the right to continue to discriminate at its own discretion.
The commission has been pushing for years for a more diverse workforce on the docks; union hiring halls are sending in a workforce that is 80% white and male and not at all reflective of the neighborhoods surrounding the
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The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor wants to see greater diversity in dockworkers so the now largely white workforce better reflects the neighborhoods around the docks. And now the bi-state commission wants to know why, after ordered by the commission to correct the problem, shipping companies that operate in the harbor could not find a single qualified black, Hispanic or Asian person to hire.
The commission had early this year charged the New York Shipping Association with immediately addressing diversity and the shippers turned to the International Longshoremen’s Association – the union that still maintain a complete stranglehold over the Harbor’s labor pool.
Asked by the shippers association to produce a diverse list of job candidates the union came up with 37 names and all but four were white men. The one black candidate did not even want a job on the docks and there were no Hispanics
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