International Longshoremen's Association and Atlantic Coast District, ILA Offices Will Reopen Wednesday, September 19, 2001, Pending Inspection of Headquarters
NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The offices of the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO and Atlantic Coast District, ILA, will reopen Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, according to an announcement by John Bowers, International President. ILA and ACD headquarters are located at 17 Battery Place in Lower Manhattan, several blocks south of the destroyed World Trade Center Towers. Mr. Bowers said he intends to have ILA headquarters inspected on Monday, Sept. 17, before giving the go-ahead for a Wednesday reopening. Mr. Bowers reported that all ILA personnel, including a number of ILA officials from North Atlantic ports who were attending meetings in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, were evacuated safely from the area. Mr. Bowers commended his staff for their poise during the crisis. ILA headquarters were evacuated shortly after the initial attack at the World Trade Center and many ILA staff were forced to outrun the soot, smoke and falling debris as they made their way out of Manhattan on foot across the Brooklyn Bridge. From media accounts, it does not appear 17 Battery Place suffered structural damage, however Mr. Bowers wants to make certain the building is safe for ILA employees prior to their return. "I'm sure I speak for everyone in the ILA when I express my outrage over the perpetrators of this horrible tragedy and my sympathy to the victims and their families," Mr. Bowers said. "I thank God that my staff escaped without severe harm and that the entire staff from the offices of New York Shipping Association and the NYSA-ILA Fund offices on the 19th and 20th Floors of Two World Trade Center were safely evacuated. However, I'm deeply saddened that many other friends I know remain missing and may have been killed in this vicious and cowardly attack." Yesterday, New York Shipping Association and ILA announced that the Port of New York and New Jersey will reopen on Friday, Sept. 14, 2001. Mr. Bowers said that ILA and NYSA-ILA staff members will be encouraged to utilize counseling available through their employer-sponsored health plans. Mr. Bowers plans to have counselors available next week to assist ILA staff and officers at the union's headquarters. "At all our ILA ports from Maine to Texas, along the Great Lakes, Eastern Canada and Puerto Rico, the ILA remains committed to proving that our initials also stand for I Love America," Mr. Bowers said. "We will assist the American government in any way we can to get through this monumental tragedy and prove, once again, that the United States is the greatest nation on earth." MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X22237462
SOURCE International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO
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