Mr. Dennis A. Daggett
Executive Vice President, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO
President, Local 1804-1, ILA, AFL-CIO
Dennis A. Daggett was unanimously elected Executive Vice President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO in July 2015 at the union’s 54th Quadrennial Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
His election to one of the top leadership positions in the 45,000-member union came after Daggett had served four years as President of the Atlantic Coast District, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO. He was first elected to a four-year term as Secretary-Treasurer of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District in 2007.
Daggett also serves as President of Local 1804-1, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO. He has served as Chief Negotiator for the ILA-Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors’ Association, Inc. negotiations since 2005, delivering three contracts that had over 95 percent approval rating among his membership. Daggett has also served on ILA-USMX Wage Scale committees since the mid-1990s.
A fourth generation member of his family to work in the longshore industry, Dennis Daggett followed the path of his great-grandfather, becoming the fourth generation in his family to work on the waterfront. Dennis Daggett is the oldest son of Harold J. Daggett, who currently is in his second term as the ILA’s International President. Dennis’ paternal grandfather and great-grandfather were ILA members working as longshoremen in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
One of the youngest and brightest officers in the ILA, Dennis Daggett, has introduced new bargaining and educational strategies and techniques to Master Contract negotiations. He orchestrated groundbreaking research programs to better equip ILA officers in their negotiations with United States Maritime Alliance. He also successfully led current Master Contract negotiations in Container Chassis work that will better protect members’ jobs well into the future.
Dennis Daggett led the campaign for the ILA to affiliate with the worldwide International Dockers’ Council (IDC) to further strengthen solidarity with Dockers unions around the world. The IDC currently has over 90,000 members worldwide.
Dennis Daggett’s own longshoring career began when he was employed in container repair for Maersk Line with Universal Maritime Service Corporation in Port Newark, NJ. With his ILA local, Daggett was elected Business Agent in December 2000.
On the International level, Dennis Daggett previously was Safety Director for the ILA, a position he was first appointed to in December 1997 by then ILA President John Bowers. For his outstanding efforts in improving safety for ILA members, the Hampton Roads Shipping Association-ILA in Virginia honored Dennis Daggett.
In 2006, he received the President’s award from the A. Philip Randolph Institute of Union and Essex Counties of New Jersey. In November 2011, the Labor Advisory Board of the United Negro College Fund in Edison, New Jersey honored Dennis Daggett.
The Irish Echo Newspaper named Dennis Daggett one of this nation’s top 50 Irish American labor leaders in 2012.
In October 2014, Daggett received the ILA’s top Civil Rights Award from the International Longshoremen’s Association Alexander Talmadge/Edward L. Brown, Sr. Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Committee at an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Since 2014, Daggett has co-chaired the Port of New York and New Jersey Port Performance Task Force, which was created to identify and resolve performance issues in the port which impact fluidity and growth.
Daggett studied political science and public speaking at Iona College, Hunter College and the University of Vermont and also completed studies in Collective Bargaining for Local Union Leaders and Occupational Safety and Health at Cornell University for Industrial Labor.
Daggett resides in Sparta, New Jersey with his wife, Marisa and two children, Alexa and Joseph.