NEW YORK, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Delegates to the 83rd Convention of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO, who met for four days last week in Charleston, South Carolina, unanimously endorsed John Bowers for reelection as International president of the union. Although his current term does not expire for 12 months, the Executive Council of the ILA and Executive Board of the union's Atlantic Coast District, which also met last week in Charleston, added their official endorsements for John Bowers' reelection as ILA president. Mr. Bowers is entering the fourth and final year of his current term as ILA leader, a position he was first elected to in 1987 and reelected in 1991 and 1995. The ILA's quadrennial convention -- when elections for all International offices will take place -- is scheduled for July 1999 in Buena Vista, Florida. In addition to the Bowers' endorsement, delegates to last week's South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District reelected Benny Holland, Jr., to a third four-year term as District President and also returned to office the following District Executive officers: Reuben Wheatley, Executive Vice President; Clyde Fitzgerald, Secretary-Treasurer; and Perry C. Harvey, Jr., Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. At the District convention in Charleston, President Holland, who also serves as General Vice President for the International, continued with the convention theme of Partnership for Progress which he first introduced four years ago at the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District convention in New Orleans and continued at the union's conclave in Lake Tahoe two years ago. His Partnership for Progress theme brought together leaders from the ILA; shipping employers; and representatives of Port Authorities from the Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports, to demonstrate the value of working together to create jobs for ILA members, maintain profits for the union's employers and protect the investments of Port Authorities. Mr. Bowers led a group of ILA speakers which also included Al Cernadas, Executive Vice President; Robert E. Gleason, Secretary-Treasurer; Gerald Owens, Assistant General Organizer; Harold J. Daggett, ACD Secretary-Treasurer and Richard P. Hughes, ACD General Vice President. David J. Tolan, Chairman of the Carriers Container Council, addressed convention delegates along with management representatives including James Capo, President of New York Shipping Association; C. Peter Lambos, Esq., NYSA General Counsel; and Bernard DeLury, Executive Director of the Carriers Container Council. A number of officials for Port Authorities on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts also spoke at the convention. Sixteen District Vice Presidents and Executive Board members were returned to their respective offices during elections at the convention. Those reelected from the South Atlantic region included: Arthur Coffey, Benjamin Flowers, Sr.; Clarence Pittman, Jr.; and Charles F. Spencer. Those from the East Gulf region included: Donald Evans; Irvin Joseph; James McCleland, Jr.; Harry Mendoza; Ronald K. Robinson and John Tilton. Reelected from the West Gulf region included: Randy Billingsley; Lash Chretien; Michael Dickens; Hillery Langley, Jr.; Andrew Lee Laws, Sr. and Jesse Revis. Jess R. Babich and Wilbert Rowell, both from the South Atlantic region, were newly elected as District Vice Presidents and Executive Board members.
SOURCE International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO