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International Longshoremen’s Association Appoints Trustee To Oversee ILA Local 1235 in Newark, New Jersey

NEW YORK – The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO placed ILA Local 1235 in trusteeship and named former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief Civil RIOC attorney Joseph D. McCann as Trustee The action, announced by International President Richard P. Hughes, Jr., took effect in late December and Mr. McCann is authorized to oversee and run the operation of the Newark-based local. ILA Local 1235 represents more than a thousand dockworkers, working in Port Newark and Port Elizabeth in New Jersey.

This action came at the recommendation of the ILA’s Ethical Practices Counsel, the Honorable Milton Mollen, who had been investigating ILA Local 1235 after one of its delegates was arrested on a charge of extortion conspiracy. Several other ILA Local 1235 current and former officers were later indicted in January and charged with extorting ILA members. These charges, if proven true, violate the ILA’s Code of Ethics and are not condoned by the union.

Mr. McCann is currently a partner with Murray & McCann, and has extensive experience monitoring and performing internal investigating of unions and private companies. In the mid-1990s, Mr. McCann served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center where his duties included advising the President/CEO and Board of Directors on legal matters, including civil cases involving contract disputes, labor issues, employment discrimination, torts and construction matters.

Currently, Mr. McCann also serves as part-time Judge for the City of Glen Cove. From 1986 until 1994, Mr. McCann was with the U.S. Attorney’s Eastern District of New York where he served as Chief Civil RICO Attorney. A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, Mr. McCann has published a number of legal papers and serves on a number of associations.

Since 2003, the ILA has had a Code of Ethics in effect. The ILA also employs an Ethical Practices Counsel, the Honorable Milton Mollen, and a Deputy Ethical Practices Counselor, Zachary Carter, who are responsible for administering this Code of Ethics. The union also provides a toll-free hotline where members can register complaints of violations of ILA member rights to Judge Mollen, confidentially and even anonymously.

The International Longshoremen’s Association represents approximately 50,000 members working at port areas on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast, Great Lakes, Eastern Canada, Puerto Rico and major U.S. Rivers.