Hughes elected ILA president
Richard P. Hughes Jr. has been elected to succeed John Bowers as head of the International Longshoremen’s Association.
Hughes, 73, was elected Thursday during a voice vote at the union’s quadrennial convention in Hollywood, Fla.
The Baltimore native was executive vice president of the New York-based union, the No. 2 spot, since 2005, and his election was expected.
Richard Larrabee, head of the Port Commerce department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said he thought Hughes would continue the “John Bowers approach, which has been very progressive.
“From our perspective, labor has been very supportive of our growing the port,” Larrabee added, noting that the port has added some ILA jobs in recent years and when labor issues have arisen, “we were able to work through them.”