The ILWU Southern California District Council (SCDC) is organizing a food drive to help support the struggling Local 56 Ship Scalers who are only currently receiving a work opportunity 2-3 days per week. This is an especially harsh time with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays rapidly approaching. A container to collect non-perishable food donations is in the Local 63 Dispatch hall. Please click on link below to see information flyer.
In this latest arbitration decision at Fenix Marine Services, the Employers maintained that the Union violated steady posting procedures outlined in Arbitration Award SCAA-0023-1997 by preventing a 25% qualified member from beginning steady employment as a 30% Rail Planner when qualified 30% members had applied and were not given first preference by the employers.
The Arbitration Panel ruled in favor of the Union ruling that the Officers of Local 63 did not violate the posting procedures outlined in Arbitration Award SCAA-0023-1997 when they blocked the member from beginning steady employment at Fenix Marine Services as outlined in EC-224-2018.
On Thursday night, Oct. 17th, Local 63 member and past Secretary, Dispatcher, and Business Agent, Richard “Ricardo” Jacobelly, took 2nd place in an all night battle lasting until 12:30 a.m. the next morning. Local 13 Dispatcher, Gabe Padron, took 1st place. Local 13 member Victor Navarro, took 3rd place. In a great showing of support and solidarity, Local 26 members showed up and made the final table, one of whom took 4th place.
The players raised $10,000 that evening, when combined with ILWU, industry, and community sponsorships, puts this year’s fundraising at around $80,000+ for childhood cancer research. We can all be proud of this accomplishment as the ILWU is now a top 20 national fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation outpacing many fortune 500 company fundraisers.
Congrats to the players and supporters!
On March 25, 2019, the Union took the Employers to Arbitration over a Section 1 jurisdiction issue, namely, TTI Appointment Systems work. On September 10, 2019, the local Arbitration Panel issued its decision in favor of Local 63 assigning all of the disputed work to the Marine Clerks.
Read Arbitration here:
Local 63 won this important arbitration, that pursuant to Section 8.6 of the PCCCD, the Employers need “just cause” to release steady Marine Clerks if they are going to do so without going in inverse seniority order. In this case, the Employers were not able to prove by a preponderance (more than 50%) of the evidence that they had released the steady workers with just cause.
The Employers were found guilty and the three (3) steadies involved were returned to their steady positions at TraPac with their seniority intact.
Local 63 Members,
We are proud to report that at the 13th Annual ILWU-PMA LA Harbor Boys and Girls Clubs fundraising luncheon in June, we were able to raise a record $100,000+ for the kids of the LA Harbor community. The Boys and Girls Clubs support our community’s children with physical and educational after-school activities. A very important support program is called “College Bound,” which has a very high success rate of its graduates going on to college and obtaining degrees.
Below is a picture of Local 63 President, Joe Gasperov, with a recent College Bound program graduate who has now been accepted into the University of California system. Local 63, as one of the key sponsors for this annual fundraising effort each year, receives an art piece from one of the Boys and Girls Club youth artists.
Thank you for your continued support of this important program to support our community’s children, the workers and leaders of the future.