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, http://harrybridges.com.

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.”


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