The International Longshoremen’s Association will remain an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, and ILA President Harold J. Daggett will join four new vice presidents on the federation’s executive council.
The ILA said for the past year it has been evaluating its membership in the federation because of "jurisdictional raiding of ILA work by other AFL-CIO affiliated unions."
Because of similar raiding issues and other complaints against the federation, the West Coast dockers union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, disaffiliated with the AFL-CIO last month.
The ILA said Daggett and other officers decided the best course of action was to remain and affiliate of the AFL-CIO.
"The ILA recognized its valued affiliations with state and local AFL-CIO councils and the protection they provided ILA members," the union said, but added "AFL-CIO that it could have done more to help Philadelphia ILA longshore members when 200 jobs were lost after Del Monte moved its operations to a non-union facility a few years ago."
Daggett said his union and the Maritime Labor Alliance, a group of maritime unions "remain solidly behind the ILWU, and will protect and defend their interests as they have pledge to protect ours. Presently our union believes it can best protect its membership by remaining within the AFL-CIO and I will fight for our rights and all maritime workers’ rights as a member of the Labor Federation’s Executive Council.” - Chris Dupin