ACD Kicks Off 35th Quadrennial Convention in San Juan; Prominent Speakers Present

Atlantic Coast District of the International Longshoremen’s Association kicks off 35th Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico; New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak and St. Lawrence Seaway Director Betty Sutton Among Speakers

San Juan, PR – (July 14, 2015) The Atlantic Coast District, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO kicks off its 35th Quadrennial Convention this morning in San Juan, Puerto Rico where hundreds of delegates representing ports from Maine to Virginia, Great Lakes Region, Eastern Canada, major U.S. rivers and Puerto Rico will gather at the Caribe Hilton Hotel.

Carlos Sanchez Ortiz, President, Local 1740, Port of San Juan will bang down the gavel at 9:30 this morning and open the Convention. He will introduce Dennis A. Daggett, President of the ACD who will chair the Convention for the next three days.

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who has helped lead the fight with the ILA to rid the Port of New York and New Jersey of the Waterfront Commission, is among the guest speakers today who will address delegates. They will also hear from Betty Sutton, Administrator, St. Lawrence Seaway Authority and Jordi Aragunde, General Coordinator of the worldwide dockers union organization, International Dockers’ Council (IDC).

“We have the leaders from our industry, from labor and from government coming today to address our ILA delegates from the Atlantic Coast District,” said Dennis Daggett, president, Atlantic Coast District. “It will be a great start to what I believe will be a productive and successful convention.”

The ACD Convention precedes the 54th Convention of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO, which begins Monday, July 20 and runs for four days. It will also be held at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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