Mr. MICHAEL J. VIGNERON
President, Atlantic Coast District, International Longshoremen’s Association
Secretary-Treasurer, Local 1804-1, International Longshoremen’s Association
NORTH BERGEN, NJ – Michael J. Vigneron was unanimously re-elected President of the Atlantic Coast District (ACD), International Longshoremen’s Association, for a second four-year term at the District Convention in July 2019 in Hollywood, Florida. He was first elected president in 2015. 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.
Since 1998, Vigneron has served on the ACD Executive Board, serving as a Vice President for 13 years prior to his elevation in July 2011 as General Vice President of the Atlantic Coast District at the District’s Quadrennial Convention in July 2011.
Vigneron is also Secretary-Treasurer of the ILA’s largest local, ILA Local 1804-1, which represents maintenance and repair ILA Longshore workers. He has been a member for over 40 years of Local 1804-1. Vigneron began his career as a longshoreman working as chassis mechanic at Global Terminals in June 1979. A year later, he moved to Sea-Land where his responsibilities expanded to include refrigerator mechanic and reefer foreman. At Sea-Land, Vigneron served as General Terminal Foreman from January 1990 until February 1996, when members of ILA Local 1804-1 elected him Shop Steward and Recording-Secretary.
Vigneron served as president of the New York-New Jersey District Council of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO from 2006 to 2011. The District Council includes all ILA locals from the Port of New York and New Jersey and is responsible for protecting the contractual rights of ILA members within the District. He had previously served as Recording Secretary since 1998.
For more than 35 years, Vigneron has served as Wage Scale delegate in negotiations with United States Maritime Alliance (USMX); New York Shipping Association (NYSA) and Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association (METRO) and Convention delegate for Local 1804-1. He serves as ILA International Trustee on the union’s health care plan, called MILA. ILA President Harold Daggett appointed Vigneron to the ILA’s Container Freight Station and Container Royalty Committees.
Michael Vigneron received the Maritime Industry of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 2016. He will receive the Martin Luther King Award from the ILA’s Civil Rights Committee in November 2022.
A native of New Jersey, Michael Vigneron and his wife Cathy reside in Oradell, New Jersey and are the parents of three daughters: Kelly, Caroline, and Mary Kate.