June 7, 2013
By Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The members of the Maritime Labor Alliance comprised of the American Radio Association, the Inlandboatmen’s Union, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association convened in Washington, DC on June 6, 2013. Participants unanimously appointed MM&P President Don Marcus as President and MEBA President Mike Jewell as Secretary Treasurer of the MLA.
The MLA Executive Committee is further made up of ARA President John Radcliffe, IBU President Alan Cote, ILA President Harold Daggett, and ILWU President Bob McEllrath. The MLA was formed in 2012.
“The members of the Maritime Labor Alliance are united and speak with one voice. Our respective memberships, whether shore side or at sea, are stronger together under the Alliance”, said Don Marcus. “The existing structures that our unions work within aren’t sufficient; We will work more closely together to promote the economic viability of U.S. ports and the United States-flag shipping industry; our jobs depend on it. It cannot be business as usual,” concluded Marcus.
ILA President Harold J. Daggett views the Maritime Labor Alliance as a powerful labor force that will protect maritime unions’ jurisdiction and make certain all maritime voices are heard and respected. For additional information contact Jim McNamara of ILA at 917-853-0440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org