Archive for Category: "Remembering Our History"

Shipping containers: 60 years in the box

Shipping containers: 60 years in the box

On the 60th anniversary of the patent of the shipping container, the website, Tomorrow, collects seven stories with different perspectives on shipping containers and how they have changed the world. One of those perspectives is ILWU pensioner and former ILWU Education Director, Gene Vrana.

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Tribute sculpture for former ILWU President Jimmy Herman at SF’s Pier 27 moves forward

Tribute sculpture for former ILWU President Jimmy Herman at SF’s Pier 27 moves forward

On June 10th the Port of San Francisco was presented with a gift agreement for the James R. Herman Tribute Sculpture that will be placed at the Pier 27 cruise ship terminal

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Dedication honors ILWU leader LeRoy King

Dedication honors ILWU leader LeRoy King

On May 17, 2014, LeRoy King received permanent recognition when the City dedicated their 108 year-old carousel in his honor.s

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Reg Theriault, Local 10 pensioner and author passes away at age 89

Reg Theriault, Local 10 pensioner and author passes away at age 89

On March 1st, hundreds of well-wishers gathered at the Bayview Boat Club on the San Francisco waterfront to offer a final toast to Local 10 pensioner, Reg Theriault, who passed away on February 15 at the age of

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Longshore Division’s “History & Traditions Conference” looks back to plan ahead

Longshore Division’s “History & Traditions Conference” looks back to plan ahead

One-hundred and twenty lucky ILWU Longshore Division members attended an intensive 6-day “History and Traditions Conference” in San Francisco on December 1-

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ILWU Library acquires collection of Paul Heide, union pioneer and Local 6 stalwart

ILWU Library acquires collection of Paul Heide, union pioneer and Local 6 stalwart

Patrick Heide, former Local 6 Business Agent, visited the ILWU Library with his wife Janice and donated a significant collection of papers and memorabilia collected by his father, Paul Heide

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Thousands march to honor Bloody Thursday

Thousands march to honor Bloody Thursday

ILWU members and pensioners came together on July 5 along the West Coast to remember Bloody Thursday and honor the memory and sacrifice made by the martyrs of the 1934 West Coast Strike

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Bill Kemp, longtime Canadian ILWU activist, passes away at the age of 86

Bill Kemp, longtime Canadian ILWU activist, passes away at the age of 86

Bill’s ILWU career spanned a period of almost 40 years between 1951 until his retirement in 1992. He served as Executive Board member and Vice-President of the old Vancouver Deepsea Local 501, and was elected to serve as Business Agent for 17 years in the amalgamated Local 500.

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Honoring the “First Blood” shed for our union

Honoring the “First Blood” shed for our union

Several hundred ILWU members gathered in Southern California’s harbor area on May 15 to participate in two “First Blood” events honoring the first workers killed during the 1934 West Coast strikes that led to the formation of the

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Local 13 pensioner receives replacements for WW II medals destroyed in fire

Local 13 pensioner receives replacements for WW II medals destroyed in fire

ILWU Local 13 pensioner Manuel Torres is a decorated World War II veteran. He received the Combat INF Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, WW II Victory Medal, Asia Pacific Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Occupation of Japan Medal. He never received his Bronze Star from the military and his other medals were destroyed in a [&hellip

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