NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (April 28, 2020) The tens of thousands of ILA members join together to “pray for the dead and fight for the living” as labor organizations around the world recognize “Workers’ Memorial Day 2020 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
“We pray for and remember those ILA members killed in waterfront accidents this year and pledge that their deaths will not be vain,” said ILA President Harold J. Daggett. “Together with our management partners, we will improve our safety programs and strive to achieve a no-accident workplace.”
The ILA Leader noted that the annual “Workers’ Memorial Day “was especially poignant this year in 2020 as the world-wide COVID-19 Pandemic continues.
“The ILA mourns the four active longshoremen we’ve lost and the many retired members,” said President Daggett.
“In the past year, we also lost two legendary International Vice Presidents – Ronald Capri and Lou Pernice – as well as our highly respected ILA Military Consultant, Major General (Ret.) Patrick Joseph Kelly,” added President Daggett.
A partial list of ILA members being memorialized this year:
Moses McCain, ILA Local 920
Neil DeLuzio, ILA Local 920
Otis Saleem Johnson, ILA Local 1233
Orlando Mercado, Local ILA 1235
Windell Lacour, ILA Local 3000
Robert Givens, ILA Local 3000
Carlos Ovidio Lopez, Local 1804-1
John Henry Tyler, ILA Local 24
Ronald Capri, ILA Vice President, – Vice President, Local 1804-1
Louis Pernice, ILA Vice President – President, ILA Local 1814
Major General (Ret.) Patrick Joseph Kelly, ILA Military Consultant
Charles Stephen “Steamboat” Markowski, President, Local 953