31 Oct ILA Civil Rights Committee To Honor Four Leaders At Annual Dinner This Saturday; In Elizabeth, New Jersey
NORTH BERGEN, NJ – October 31, 2017
The annual ILA Civil Rights Awards Dinner will be held this Saturday evening, November 4, 2017 at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey where three ILA leaders – Wilbert Rowell, Bernard Dudley and Mary Ann Gillespie – will be honored along with Anthony Ray of Maher Terminals. Jerry Owens, chair of the ILA Civil Rights Committee expects a large contingent of union and management officials to salute these four honored guest.
ILA President Harold J. Daggett will be among the featured speakers at this annual ILA Civil Rights Awards Dinner.
“We’re proud to be saluting four most worthy candidates at this year’s Civil Rights Awards Dinner,” said Chairman Owens. “It’s a tribute to our industry that the ILA Civil Rights Committee is recognizing an outstanding management official in Anthony ‘Tony’ Ray, along with our own Wilbur Rowell, Bernard Dudley and Mary Ann Gillespie.”
Wilbur Rowell, the ILA’s International General Vice President and an ILA leader in his home port of Wilmington, North Carolina, also serves as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the ILA’s South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District. He will be receiving the ILA’s Civil Rights Committee’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.
William “Bernard” Dudley will be receiving the Labor Leader Award on Saturday. Brother Dudley is currently president of one of the largest and active locals in the ILA, ILA Local 1233, and he also serves as General Vice President of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District, a position he was elected to in July 2015.
Mary Ann Gillespie is a 40-year veteran with the International staff of the ILA and is currently present of ILA Local 1809 which represents office personnel employed at various ILA offices throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey. Sister Gillespie has worked with four ILA Presidents beginning with Teddy Gleason and including John Bowers, Richard Hughes and the current ILA President, Harold Daggett. A strong activist and champion of Women’s and Civil Rights, Sister Gillespie is serving her fifth term as ILA Local 1809 President.
Anthony J. Ray, known as T-Ray to many in the industry, is a 38 year veteran of Maher Terminals, and one of the most respected management leaders among his colleagues and members of the ILA. A football standout at his alma mater Rutgers University, Mr. Ray is a native of the Newark’s Ironbound section and currently resides in Paramus, New Jersey with his wife, Nanci and daughter Nina. At Maher Terminals, Mr. Ray is currently Executive Vice President of Operations and Labor Relations.