Ray Familathe, Vice President (Mainland)

Ray Familathe, Vice President (Mainland)

Ray Familathe, Int’l Vice President (Mainland)

Ray Familathe comes from a maritime family of seafarers and dockworkers. Before being elected as an ILWU officer, Ray was a working dockworker in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He performed a variety jobs on the docks including handling general cargo, break bulk and worked at all of the major container terminals including working as crane operator.

Ray has been elected to a variety positions at the local and international level of the ILWU for the past 25 years.  He currently is serving his second term as the ILWU International Vice President (Mainland). He is one of four International Officers elected by the membership to oversee the day-to-day operations of the ILWU. Together, along with the ILWU Longshore Division Coast Committee, they are responsible for 15,000 dockworkers working in 29 ports on the West Coast of the United States.

Ray coordinates the relationship with ILWU affiliates outside of the United States: ILWU Canada and the Panama Division of the ILWU which includes Panama Canal Pilots and Tugboat Captains. He also manages the ILWU’s Organizing Department.

Ray has worked closely with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) for two decades and helped to expand the “Flag of Convenience” campaign at West Coast ports in the United States.  He currently serves as the ITF Second Vice-Chair of the Dockers Section, a position that he was elected to in 2010. He helps maintain close relationships between the ILWU and maritime workers and unions around the globe.

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