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Port councils across the country continue to involve their Labor community in different activities to raise awareness of issues affecting workers as well as generate support for local causes.

‘Hanging Loose’ at the Hawaii PMC Ohana Pa’ina are (from left) PMC Trustee Mario Higa, PMC Sec-Treas Hazel Galbiso, PMC Pres Randy Swindell, PMC VP Luke Kaili, US Sen Mazie Hirono, Al Dorflinger, Mike Dirksen and PMC Trustee Donovan Duncan

 

 

In Honolulu, the Hawaii Ports Maritime Council held its traditional Maritime Ohana Pa’ina (family barbecue in Hawaiian) on July 5. More than 120 people attended at the YWCA’s Café Julia.

According to PMC President Randy Swindell, the barbecue allows union officers to meet and mix with local maritime business representatives and elected officials to discuss the Jones Act, cargo preference and other issues. Among those participating were U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who reaffirmed their support for the Jones Act.

Welcoming US Rep Tulsi Gabbard (center) are Hawaii PMC Pres Randy Swindell (left) and PMC Sec-Treas Hazel Galbiso.

In the heartland of the country, the Chicago and Western Lakes Port Council gathered on June 19 for its annual golf outing. More than 100 union members and friends were on hand.

Following the outing, the council recognized John Valone, president of Elevators Local 2, with its Bernard Spatz Labor Man of the Year Award. In addition, the council offered a new award that pays tribute to its late president James Sanfilippo, who passed away in December. Receiving the first-ever James Sanfilippo Able Helmsmen Award was John Moirano, the retired financial secretary-treasurer for Carpenters Local 434.

James Sanfilippo’s family joins with the recipient – John Moirano (fourth from left) – of the first-ever award honoring the memory of the late Chicago PMC president.

“James played an important role in keeping our council moving forward,” note PMC Secretary-Treasurer Chad Partridge. “All of us felt we needed to do something to keep his memory alive.”

John Valone receives the Chicago PMC Bernard Spatz Labor Man of the Year Award from PMC Sec-Treas Chad Partridge.