The International Longshoremen’s Association plans to affiliate with the worldwide International Dockworkers Council in what ILA President Harold Daggett said is a move to expand cooperation with overseas unions.
“We are looking to build strong solidarity with waterfront workers in the United States and around the world,” Daggett said in a statement posted on the union’s Web site.
He made the announcement to some 200 ILA wage-scale delegates gathered in Delray Beach, Fla., for contract negotiations.
The ILA’s affiliation with the International Dockworkers Council would be in addition to the East and Gulf Coast dockworker union’s longtime affiliation with the International Transport Workers Federation.
“The ILA enjoys strong bonds of solidarity with our sister union on the U.S. West Coast, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and with transportation workers around the world through our affiliation with the International Transport Workers Federation. Now we are connected closely with our sister and brother dockworkers at ports everywhere with our affiliation with the IDC,” Daggett said in a statement.
The ILA said the decision to join the IDC came after Daggett, ILA Atlantic Coast District President Dennis Daggett and Kenneth Riley, an ILA vice president from Charleston, S.C., met with IDC leaders.
Several ILA locals in the U.S. and Canada already were IDC-affiliated members. Riley serves as coordinator of the IDC’s North America East Coast Zone.