If you want to get a rise out of International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett, ask him about the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
Daggett has no use for the commission, which he’d like to abolish. He said the agency’s New York commissioner, Ronald Goldstock, “doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about” and “has an ego as big as the Empire State Building.”
At a hearing last year highlighting ILA pay and work practices in the Port of New York and New Jersey, Daggett described the agency as communistic and likened its practices to “McCarthyism or SS all over again.”
The ILA president renewed his criticism after the commission and Goldstock accused the union of being unwilling to help make the port’s longshore work force more diverse.
“He’s trying to start a racial thing,” Daggett said. “He doesn’t know this industry. He likes to see his name in the papers. He’s an egotistic maniac, that’s what he is. He needs to see a psychiatrist, because he’s not all there in the head.”
Goldstock’s response: “Apparently, Mr. Daggett believes anyone committed to diversity is crazy and needs psychiatric help.”