Mr. Stephen K. Knott
International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO
Stephen Knott was unanimously elected Secretary-Treasurer of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO at the ILA’s 54th Quadrennial Convention in July 2015.
His election as Secretary-Treasurer of the 45,000 member ILA followed his serving as General Vice President of the ILA since 2011 and acting Secretary-Treasurer since 2012.
Previously, Stephen Knott served as president of the Atlantic Coast District, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO from 2007-2011.
A 50-year-veteran of the ILA, Knott also served for the 16 years as President of ILA Local 1, Clerks and Checkers, in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Knott first joined the ILA in 1966 as a member of ILA Local 1478 in New Jersey. A year later, he transferred to ILA Local 1 and worked at a variety of clerical and checking positions at several companies in Port Newark, including I.T.O. and Maher Terminals. He became hiring agent for I.T.O. and Maher from 1979 until 1988. It was in 1988 that Knott was elected Secretary-Treasurer of his Local 1, a position he served for eight years until his election as President of Local 1 in 1997.
Knott was also elected International Vice President and Executive Board member in 1997 and was reelected to that position for three additional four-year terms.
While serving as leader of the ACD, Knott was instrumental in establishing the Atlantic Coast District Technology and Compliance Committee to safeguard ILA jurisdiction for ILA Clerical and Checker workers as well as Maintenance and Deep-Sea ILA employees.
The Seafarer’s International House honored Stephen Knott in April 2015 at an event in New York City. He has also been honored by the Essex and Union County (New Jersey) chapters of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and was Man of the Year for the United Negro College Fund. He also received the Greater New York Council Boy Scouts of America Good Scout Award in 2008.
A native of New Jersey, Knott and his wife, Joanne, reside in the Garden State and are the parents of two daughters, Gina and Connie, and have four grandchildren.