STORIES OF ACTION & CHANGE
The International Longshoreman’s Association PAC proudly represents a diverse alliance of longshoremen and their families. We encourage our more than 30,000 members to be active participants in impacting the political process through voting and volunteering.
Below is a timeline of stories of action and real change.
February 22, 2020
ILA PARTICIPATES IN "ROUND -TABLE DISCUSSION ON INFRASTRUCTURE"
On February 22nd, Port Houston hosted, and the ILA was invited to participate in a “Roundtable Discussion on Infrastructure" with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senator Sylvia Garcia, and U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee. The discussion highlighted the region’s infrastructure needs, including the Houston Ship Channel Expansion - Project 11.
When asked about the project, Speaker Pelosi responded, “We see the Port of Houston as important infrastructure. Getting the Chief’s Report is a crucial step.”
ILA TESTIFIES AGAINST HARMFUL LEGISLATION
Members of the ILA testified before a committee of the Texas Senate against Senate Bill 2223, which added hurdles for container ships calling on Houston. Despite the best efforts of the ILA and supportive partners, the bill passed and was signed by Governor Abbott.
The legislation mandates two-way traffic in the ship channel and adds new requirements for vessels over 1,100 feet, only permitting them if they can be moved with efficient two-way traffic. In addition, the larger ships' requests to call on Houston must go through two public hearings and gain approval of 80 percent of Houston pilots.
More info: Houston Shipping Industries Seek Veto on Texas SB 2223 Restricting Large Vessels
Video of testimony (begins at 01:39:00)
October 13, 2018
VIDEO THANKING HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE, ED EMMETT
Harris County Judge, Ed Emmett, is thanked by those affected by Hurricane Ike - including ILA members.
June 26, 2013
CLYDE FITZGERALD NAMED PORT COMMISSIONER
Harris County Commissioners Court named Clyde Fitzgerald, president of the South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District of the International Longshoremen’s Association, as a new member of the Port of Houston Authority’s governing body, the Port Commission.
He was then reappointed in December of 2016.
September 2, 1987
ILA LOCAL PRESIDENT NAMED PORT COMMISSIONER
LeRoy Bruner, President of Local 24
For more about LeRoy click here.