Wesley Furtado, Vice President (Hawaii)

Wesley Furtado, International Vice President, Hawaii

Wesley Furtado, International Vice President, Hawaii

Wesley “Wes” Furtado is a second generation longshoreman and member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142. He worked on the waterfront for years and became a shop steward, longshore unit officer, and longshore negotiating committee member. As a rank and file organizer, Wes worked on and led campaigns to organize workers in Hawaii in various industries. As an International Representative, he organized many companies and negotiated numerous first contracts and many contract renewals. In 2000, Furtado was elected ILWU International Vice President, Hawaii.

Wes is responsible for directing the ILWU’s organizing program in the State of Hawaii in addition to working with the ILWU affiliates in the State—Locals 142 and 160 and the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, Hawaii Region.

He also participates on the ILWU Local 142 Executive Committee and Executive Board. He is a member of the Executive Boards of the Hawaii State AFL-CIO and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).

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