International Longshoreman 80th Anniversary Ignites a Celebration of the Past, Present and the Future

International Longshoreman 80th Anniversary Ignites a Celebration of the Past, Present and the Future.

Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m. Hyatt Downtown Jacksonville, 225 E. Coastline Dr.

“Second to none, still getting the Job done!”

The challenges of the next decade supersede those of any similar span of time in the history of ILA Local 1408. For 80 years ILA Local 1408 has been on the cutting edge creating jobs, providing better educational opportunities and improved benefits. Since 1995, ILA’s annual college scholarship program has awarded over $260,000.00 to deserving young students in the greater Jacksonville area.  Ultimately, ILA desires to continue growth within and for the Jacksonville economy. By the year 2005, the local maritime industry received nearly $3 billion to input into Jacksonville’s economy.   The growth of Local 1408 as well as that of Jacksonville depends upon a thriving Port. Research supports ILA’s contention and components that the Jacksonville Port has become the Port-of-Call of the Southeastern Region The ILA union handles general longshore work, specifically all areas of loading and unloading cargo on and off ships, including the operation of all equipment.

  • Maintenance –   ILA supplies all mechanics in maintenance operation, including refrigeration mechanics, welders, tractor-trailer mechanics, etc.
  • Fact: 98% of longshore earnings are put into the local Jacksonville economy.
  • Warehouse – ILA supplies labor for warehousing, including receiving and shipping out cargo.
  • Deep-Sea – Jacksonville is the number one port in the United States for automobile import, in terms of volume. ILA supplies the skilled labor which professionally unload automobile ships that call at the Port of Jacksonville. That total last year exceeded well over 550,000 cars. ILA is the third leading port in the South handling containerized cargo. ILA comprehensive longshore work force makes the Jacksonville Port a complete entity offering full service across the spectrum.  ILA has won the “Safety Award” for having the best damage prevention record for the last three-(3) consecutive years, and six of the past ten years.   End users return over and over again to any port facility offering a dependable labor force of efficient, productive and safety conscious workers. ILA Labor Force generates almost 1,000,000 man-hours per year.   The more work ILA receives, the more money is made, the more goods and services ILA can purchase from the Jacksonville business community. Throughout the years ILA Labor Income was over 40 million dollars. Presently Jacksonville is the third leading port in the Southeast United States, and is aggressively working to become number one! The continuation and expansion of Jacksonville’s economic growth and quality of life, and making it available to all Jaxsonvillians is ILA’s main objective.

Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th, at 7 p.m. Program includes dinner, awards and recognition spotlights and highlights. Location is the Hyatt Downtown Jacksonville, 225 E Coastline Dr. For tickets, interviews and more details contact ILA Representative Keith Hopkins at (904) 358-1314. You can also visit ILA at or purchase tickets online at

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