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International Longshoremen's Association

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Duration: 1892 - current (Africa work known in the 1960s and 1970s)
Location: North Bergen, New Jersey, United States


The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) is a union of maritime workers (longshoremen) on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, major U.S. rivers, Puerto Rico and Eastern Canada. In 1963 member of ILA Local 1814 supported the boycott of South African goods by refused to cross a picket line for two days at Port Authority Pier 6 in Brooklyn, New York and unload the South African Pioneer, a ship with goods from South Africa. In the 1970s ILA members refused to unload ships with chrome and other minerals from Rhodesia imported to the U.S. under the Byrd Amendment in violation of mandatory United Nations sanctions. ILA President Thomas Gleason and ILA Local 1814 President Anthony Scotto endorsed the boycott of Rhodesian goods and in February 1974 the ILA Executive Council adopted a resolution stating the ILA support of the boycott of ore from Rhodesia and that ILA longshoremen were not to handle such cargoes. (Source: Documents of the ILA and other organizations on this website; ILA website accessed February 24, 2015; and Wikipedia accessed February 24, 2015)