Teddy Gleason elected president
Longest lasting ILA contract
Guaranteed Annual Income
Job Security Program
Rules on Containers
Teddy Gleason was unanimously elected president at the
ILA International Convention in 1963.
He had always been respected, and the
value of his efforts as General Organizer
during the troubles of the 1950s was well
His utter devotion to the union was
clear to even the most casual of observers.
The delegates who elected Gleason
were looking for change, progress, and
Gleason took up this charge and moved
the headquarters to its current location at
17 Battery Place, then focused on settling
the union's troubled financial affairs.
automation and containerization
increased, Gleason's foresight
saved countless jobs."
In 1965, Gleason negotiated what was at the
time, the longest lasting ILA contract in
It was also the first truly
forward-looking contract the union signed.
This focus on the future of
longshoring in general and the welfare of
ILA members was characteristic of
Gleason's twenty-four (24) year tenure as
As automation and containerization
increased, Gleason's foresight saved
countless jobs. Gleason-era initiatives such as the Guaranteed
Annual Income (GAI) program, the Job
Security Program (JSP) and the "Rules
on Containers" (The Rules) have
endured, often against bitter opposition, to
Under Gleason, the ILA once again
became a strong and powerful force in the
world of labor.
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