Attention ILWU Members re UTLA Strike Action – Update

Attention ILWU Members:

The planned LAUSD (UTLA) Teachers Strike has been postponed to Monday, January 14 at 7:00 a.m.  There are still schools to “adopt.”  Contact Sister Cathy Familathe at (310) 567-3540 or

Union volunteers needed to make picket signs on Friday, January 11, from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. at Local 63’s Labor Room (2nd floor, top of the stairs).

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Support your Local Teachers – Join the Picket Lines!

Attention Members:

As you know, the LAUSD teachers are planning a strike in their fight for better working conditions for teachers and their students.  This strike is planned to start on Thursday, January 10, at 7:00 a.m. at a public school near you.  The UTLA (Teachers’ Union) is asking for ILWU support.

There are 2 ways to help:

1. Adopt-a-School (picket with the teachers, students, parents) and help with water and/or food (if needed);

2. Picket with the teachers, students, and parents at a school near you, either 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. or 2:00 to 4:00 p.m;

Local 63 members pick up picket signs at Local 63; Local 13 members and Casuals pick up picket signs at Local 13.

If you are willing to Adopt-a-School, please contact Sister Cathy Familathe at (310) 567-3540 or

01-08-2019 Teacher Picket Lines

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Sad News – Labor Leader David Arian has Passed

Local 63 Members and Family:

It is with a heavy heart that Local 63 must report the passing of ILWU Pensioner, Brother David Arian (Local 13-Retired), on January 2, 2019. He was 72 years old. Labor has lost a true labor hero who stood for and promoted the education of the rank-and-file, Labor organizing, Labor solidarity, the principle of “Maintenance of Benefits,” the critical importance of Longshore Division jurisdiction, and equal rights for all.

Dave was a long time labor leader, serving as ILWU International President, Local 13 President, Founder and President of the Harry Bridges Institute, Vice President of the LA Harbor Commission, and a long list of union leadership positions including ILWU Convention/Caucus delegate, Longshore Contract Bargaining Committee member, and ILWU Coast subcommittees such as the Pension and Welfare Committee, Education Committee, and Public Relations (P.R.), just to name a few.

When he retired from the waterfront in 2009, he published the book “The Right to Get in the Fight” and produced the film “Eye of the Storm,” both recounting the history and struggle of the Labor movement, in general, and the ILWU, in particular.   Brother Dave Arian will be sorely missed and will never be forgotten.

Details of Brother Arian’s upcoming Memorial will be made available as soon as they are known. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Harry Bridges Institute (HBI).

Harry Bridges Institute, 350 W. 5th Street, Suite 209, San Pedro, CA 90731, Phone: (310)-831-2397,

On behalf of the Officers and Staff of the Marine Clerks Association, ILWU Local 63, we give our condolences to the family of Brother Dave Arian, especially to the active and retired members of our own family, his daughter, Sister Justine Arian (63) and his sister, Sister Laraine Arian (Local 63-Retired).

“An Injury to One, is an Injury to All.”


Arian Profile Pic

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Support the LAUSD Teachers’ Fight for a Good Contract

Attention Members, a plea from the ILWU Southern California District Council in support of the Teachers on strike:

To ILWU Members, Labor Unions, Community Organizations, Churches and Parents,

January 10th is fast approaching and now more then ever we need to step up and support our brothers and sisters in the UTLA, our teachers and our students. We need to support their bargaining efforts to preserve and provide quality education to all LA students. The ILWU SCDC is spearheading the ADOPT A SCHOOL program in the cities of San Pedro, Wilmington, Carson, Harbor City and Lomita. ADOPT A SCHOOL means working with the Picket Captains on the strike lines to provide, water, food, bodies to walk the picket line, shuttling folks, etc.

Please contact me to ADOPT A SCHOOL or to get information on how you can support this effort. I can be reached at (310) 567-3540 or If you can’t ADOPT A SCHOOL, of course any support is appreciated so contact me to find out how you can help.

Ultimately, supporting UTLA on the picket line is the most important action we can do, so go to any LAUSD school near you and support them starting January 10th, 2019.

In Solidarity,

Cathy Familathe President ILWU SCDC



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Local 63 Business Office Christmas Holiday Hours

Attention Local 63 Members:

The Local 63 Business Office will be closed for the Christmas holiday, Monday December 24th through Wednesday December 26th.  The Office will reopen on Thursday, December 27th.

The Officers and Staff of Local 63 wish you and your families a joyous and safe Christmas holiday!





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