ILA urges US dockers not to strike

ILA president Harold Daggett said he hears longshoremen's anger and frustration ILA president Harold Daggett said he hears longshoremen's anger and frustration

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) are set to seek immediate emergency meetings with Members of Congress to try and stop US dockers going on strike.

Harold Daggett, president of the association, will address the growing concerns of ILA longshore workers that their livelihoods are being threatened by increased government interference.

He said: “We hear your anger, we hear your frustration and we intend to address it. With a delegation of ILA leaders, I will be heading to Washington to seek help for our industry from Congress.”

This follows ILA members calling for a shut down of ports along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, as well as a protest march on Washington due to job losses and the subsequent effects on the American economy. –

They were frustrated with the South Carolina Ports Authority reducing the number of dockworkers at the Port of Charleston. As well as South Carolina and the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbour interfering with the ILA’s Collective Bargaining Agreements.

“I strongly urge all ILA members not to engage in any work stoppage or any other violations of our current Master Contract,” continued President Daggett.

He concluded: “Let the leadership of the ILA meet with Congress in Washington. I am confident Congress will understand the urgency of our issues and help us resolve any and all problems.”

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