ILA Calls on Senate To Follow House Resolution Granting Sick Leave To Rail Workers;
ILA President Harold Daggett Says Longshore Union In Full Support of Railroad Workers
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (November 30, 2022) The International Longshoremen’s Association stands in full solidarity with America’s rail unions and calls on the United States Senate and President Biden to follow today’s House action granting sick leave to rail workers.
“Today, the House approved a resolution that would give rail workers seven paid sick days per year,” said ILA President Harold Daggett. “This is a step in the right direction. For more than three years, America’s rail unions bargained in good faith with freight railroads to improve what the Transportation Trades Department describes as “hellish working conditions that pushed workers to the brink of exhaustion, illness and burn out.”
The ILA leader said it is time for all the U.S. Senate to join the House to stand with the nation’s 115,000 rail workers.
“This unchecked corporate greed by railroad companies needs to end and our Sister and Brother transportation workers in the railroad industry can rely on the support of the ILA’s 75,000 members to help them achieve victory at the bargaining table,” ILA President Daggett said. “Sick leave for workers and other quality of life benefits are not just labor demands, but represent common decency and respect for railroad workers who built this industry and keep commerce moving.”
The ILA represents 75,000 longshore workers at ports the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts; Great Lakes; Puerto Rico; Eastern Canada and the Bahamas.