Port of Galveston, TX
THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN’S ASSOCIATION RAILROAD GANG IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS
ILA Local 1504-8 out of Galveston is known as the Railroad Gang!
ILA local 1504-8 was chartered in 1933 in Galveston Texas as the warehouse jurisdiction of the port.
Local 1504-8 were called warehousemen from the 1930s to the mid-1990s.
The warehousemen supplied all deep sea locals with bagged goods. The name “Railroad Gangers” is what the port and the town called the men that would unload the box cars.
One railroad gang consisted of
1 forklift driver & 4 pickup men….
and there were over 100 gangs hired per day!!
During the 1980’s…..Local 1504 merged with 1308 and that’s where the “dash eight” comes in at the end.
Thank you Rodney Priestley,
President, ILA Local 1504-8, for sharing this amazing logo and contributing to this story.