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Atlantic Coast District Dennis Daggett Joins ILA Picket Line in Charleston, South Carolina; Expresses Strong Support of all ACD ports to Sisters and Brothers in Charleston

Dennis A. Daggett, President of the Atlantic Coast District, International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO joined his fellow ILA members on the picket line in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 23, 2012 to demonstrate the solidarity of the ILA's ACD ports to their Sisters and Brothers struggling to maintain jurisdiction on handling military cargo in Charleston. Others members of Dennis Daggett's home local in the Port of New York and New Jersey, ILA Local 1804-1, had been on the picket line in Charleston since this past Monday.

These members included Tim Lindsay, Dan D'Archangel, Sean Brown, Keith Shaughnessy, Wayne List. Josh Hertzberg and ACD Vice President John Daggett also joined the picket line in Charleston on Thursday after traveling from ILA Negotiations in Florida.

ILA members from many ports from surrounding states are in the Port of Charleston are protesting the US Marines allowing Portus Stevedoring Company, a Jacksonville-based company, to move its military cargo operation from Jacksonville, Florida to Charleston but bypassing the use of ILA workers in Charleston. The ILA learned that Portus transported members of the International Union of Operating Engineers and, perhaps even non-union workers, aboard the vessel Lewis and Clark, and have these non-ILA members work the ship at Joint Base Charleston. ILA planned to picket the Lewis and Clark continually while it was in the Port of Charleston. When Dennis Daggett joined the picket line on Thursday, the ILA had already marched for four days.

The presence of the ACD's top officer brings national attention to this struggle.

For the past several months, International Vice President Kenneth Riley, ILA military consultant General Patrick Kelly and our ILA staff in Washington has been trying to resolve this issue with the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Dennis Daggett and Kenneth Riley, along with International President Harold J. Daggett, had recently met with top officers of the International Dockers Council, leading to the ILA affiliated with the powerful worldwide Dockers body.

ACD President Dennis Daggett announced that the ILA intended to utilize the strength of the IDC, along with the International Transport Workers Federation, to help the ILA protect and keep jobs on the waterfront. The ILA has filed charges with the AFL-CIO against the International Union of Operating Engineers.