Mr. William Bernard Dudley
General Vice President, Atlantic Coast District, ILA, AFL-CIO
President, Local 1233, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO
Chairman, ACD Civil Rights Committee
William Bernard Dudley was unanimously elected to a four-year term as General Vice President of the Atlantic Coast District (ACD), International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO in July 2015 at the District’s quadrennial convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ACD includes all ports on the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Virginia; U.S. and Canadian ports of the Great Lakes; Eastern Canada; major U.S. rivers and Puerto Rico.
Dudley becomes the first person in ILA history to be elected to the position of ACD General Vice President. Delegates to the ACD Convention in July 2015 voted to make the General Vice President position an elected one, changing it from previous years when it was an appointed position.
Dudley also serves as President of the Newark, New Jersey-based ILA Local 1233, a position he was first elected to in 2001 and has since been re-elected four times.
In 2011, Dudley was named by then ACD President Dennis A. Daggett to direct the District’s Civil Rights Committee as its chair.
A native of Wilson, North Carolina, Dudley’s family moved to the Newark, New Jersey area when he was a youth. He graduated from the New Jersey public school system and later studied at Kean University in Union, New Jersey and Essex County College in Newark.
Dudley served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.
Bernard Dudley began his longshoring career in 1979, working as a stevedore and assistant foreman. In 1996, he became an ILA dispatcher.
Dudley was elected to ILA Local 1233’s Board of Trustees in 1992 and served three terms until 2001. Dudley was appointed an ACD Vice President and Executive Board member in 2008 and was re-elected to a full four-year term in 2011.
For his work in the community and leadership, Bernard Dudley has been recognized by the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America with their Good Scout Award in 2013. He most recently received the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award from the Urban League of Essex County, New Jersey. Previously, Dudley was awarded the Roy Kirkley, Sr. “Pioneer of Labor Award from the New Jersey Labor Advisory Board to the United Negro College Fund in November 2012.
Dudley had also been honored by the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council with their 2010 Labor Award; the Presidential Award from the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Essex and Union Counties and the Labor Leader of the Year Award from African-American Heritage Parade Committee.
Bethany Lodge No. 31 has honored Dudley in 2004 for outstanding achievements and he was the Man of the Year for the Urban League Guild of Essex County, New Jersey in 2003. Omega Phi Fraternity named Dudley its Donald M. Payne Spirit of Brotherhood Award winner in 2001.
Dudley is affiliated with PHF & A Masons; Omega Phi Epsilon Fraternity; Bethany Lodge No. 31 and the Urban League of Essex County. He also holds membership in the A. Philip Randolph Institute; Union County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Essex-West Hudson Labor Council, AFL-CIO; ILA New York and New Jersey District Council; New Jersey State AFL-CIO; and the Newark chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Bernard Dudley is a member of the Good Neighbor Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey where he serves in the Men’s Ministry and is a former trustee.
Dudley and his wife LaVerne Childs-Dudley have been married since March 1986 and currently reside in Edison, New Jersey.