Gregory L. Washington, President

Welcome to Local 1426

We have designed this site in an effort to provide our Local 1426 membership and our associates in the Maritime Industry with a tool that is helpful, informative and easy to use.

Also, there are discussion forums where comments and suggestions can be posted about matters affecting our industry. One of these forums is restricted to I.L.A. members only. Both are intended to provide a free exchange of information and opinion. To enter the forums, you will need a username and password available via free registration. We have also added directories of all our Locals as well as a reference area which includes the full searchable text of the ILA Constitution, Master Contract ILA Code of Ethics.

Finally, you can use the Contact Us feature to get in touch with us with your thoughts and ideas. We read every note and will reply to you individually.
Enjoy the new site and check back often to see our updates.

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), AFL-CIO is the largest union of maritime workers in North America, representing upwards of 65,000 longshoremen on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, major United States rivers, Puerto Rico and Eastern Canada. Organized in 1892 along the U.S. Great Lakes, the ILA is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the world-wide International Transport Workers' Federation. Additionally, the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, the United Marine Division Tugboat Workers, and the New York State Supreme Court Officers are affiliated with the ILA.

                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                     

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The roots of the ILA

Origin of the term "Longshoreman"
Mercantilist Exploitation

The roots of the International Longshoremen's Association lie deep in the history of colonial America when the arrival of each new ship bearing goods from the Old World was greeted with cries for "Men 'long shore!" The longshoremen who rushed up to the ships were colonists, normally engaged in any number of full-time occupations. In the first hard years of life in this country, they left their occupations freely to unload the anxiously awaited, sometimes desperately needed, supplies without pay. As the new land began to develop a fledgling economy, and the ships were too many to count, the men were drawn to the shores by the extra money they could earn stevedoring precious cargo on and off the ships. 

As the nation matured, European imperialism gave birth to exploitativemercantilist trade practices. Land was no longer cheap or easy to be get, and many new immigrants congregated in the cities, hoping to find work amid the bustle, especially along the coast, where the bulk of the growing country's business was still being done. The number of professional longshoremen grew by thousands.