OFFICERS

History of the Port of Houston

On January 29, 1842, The Port of Houston was established, creating more access for immigrants and marketers to come into Houston. By 1870, the channel improved, and the Buffalo Bayou Ship Channel was built, making Houston one of the biggest ports of delivery.

In 1912 the construction of a deep-water channel in Houston started and completed on September 7 of 1914.

By 1964, the port of Houston was crucial in the economy. It is the first port to introduce container shipping.

Because of its amount of production, the ships and cargo were polluting the area at an alarming rate.
Channel Industries Mutual Aid acted to take more precautions to decrease the port’s pollution.

Today, the Port of Houston is one of the essential economic factors in Texas, making it have high importance for the shipping on many industries, especially the oil industry. Reason, why it is necessary to support the workers on the port of Houston, have good living conditions and benefits for their job.

Officers

Terry Shaffer – President

Terry Shaffer is the President of ILA Local 1351. He began working on the waterfront in 1974 as a member of Local 1273, now known as Local 24, and joined Local 1351 in 1994. Mr. Shaffer has dedicated most of his life being a hands-on contributor learning the operations of the maritime industry as well as using his knowledge and leadership skills to help the industry thrive as it does today. He has also served as a Business Agent and Executive Board member for Local 1351.

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As President, he oversees Local 1351’s Contract Committee, serves as an ILA Pension Board Trustee, and is a member of both the East End Chamber of Commerce and the LaPorte Chamber of Commerce. His hard work and dedication to the industry has allowed him to establish close, long-lasting relationships with Locals 24 and 28 as well as the South Atlantic Gulf Coast District.

After graduating from LaPorte High School in 1974, Mr. Shaffer continued his education at San Jacinto College and later Houston Community College. In 2002, he retired from the Houston Fire Department after 25 years of service. He spent 21 of those years as a paramedic all while continuing his work in the maritime industry as a longshoreman and carloader. Mr. Shaffer is married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and serving his local.

Mr. Shaffer can be reached any day, any time at:
Phone: (713)419-0246
Email: tshaffer@ila1351.org

Bill A. Williams Jr. – Vice President

Mr. Williams graduated from La Porte High school in 2003 and attended Tyler Junior College from 2003-2005. He is a 3rd generation Longshoremen and began his career with the I.L.A. in April of 2005. His Grandfather Alton Clyde Williams (A.C.) worked for Local 1351 from January 3rd, 1956 until he retired August 1st, 1986. His father Bill Alton Williams Sr. has worked for I.L.A. Locals 24 & 1351 since April 1975 and presently holds the title of South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District Secretary Treasurer.

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Bill Alton Williams Jr. started as a dedicated worker at the Turning Basin for P&O Ports working his way from a checker to prepping and clerking multiple Steamship lines that included, Wallenius, NYK (Volkswagen), IndoTrans, Pan Ocean steel ships, and Rickmers-Linie. Bill stayed at the Turning Basin for 8 years until he moved out to Barbour’s Cut Integrated Marine Services Container Yard (IMS) where he worked as a regular for 2 years before he was elected at the age of 29 as a Business Agent in 2014. While serving as a Business Agent & Executive Board Member from 2014 until 2017, Bill was also highly involved in the AFL-CIO and their program suited for Young Active Labor Leaders (YALL).

At the end of 2017, he was appointed to the office of the Vice President. Since holding the title of Vice President, Bill has worked hard to create a new website and IT department at the Union Hall while focusing on finding a new building location. He has participated in several block walks, phone banks, and other political activities to help many labor endorsed candidates get elected. He has attended several Texas Labor Management conferences since 2014 and he attributes the education from the workshops to his ability to handle the challenges of dealing with situations as a union official. He has 3 beautiful children Adissyn (11), Cade (8) and Colt (5).

Richard Newcomb – Secretary Treasurer

Richard was involved in the United States Army as a Personnel Specialist for two years. After, he worked as a Purchasing Agent for the Veterans Administration in San Antonio for three years before moving to Houston and attended Houston Community College from 1976-1978 to receive a Business Management Degree.

Newcomb joined the I.L.A. in 1977 and has worked numerous positions consisting of, Terminal Chief Clerk of APM Terminals (Maersk Sealand), BCIS Container Yard Chief Clerk, POHA Yard Clerk, and as business agent & Vice President of I.L.A. Local 1351.

Paul D. Johnson – Business Agent No. 1

A native of Houston Texas, Mr. Johnson began his ILA Career in 2005. Working in various positions and capacities for Local 1351, he has worked for many of the different stevedores on the Houston Waterfront. He has also worked as a regular employee for Richardson Stevedores in the city docks, Integrated Marine Services and Cooper Ports America at Barbour’s Cut Terminal. As business agent, Mr. Johnson looks to provide ILA 1351 with the tools and ideas to continue growth and success within the industry.

Paul Johnson is a third-generation member of the ILA, following the path of his Grandfather, David R. Johnson, a late member of ILA Local 24 and Father, David P. Johnson, a member of ILA Local 1351. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of LaPorte High School and studied business accounting at the University of Texas at Tyler before being hired through the ILA. Mr. Johnson and His wife, Stephanie, reside in Clear Lake City, Texas.

Jarvis Cooper – Business Agent No. 2

Jarvis Cooper was born in Houston TX, where he attended Elementary School. He later moved to Beaumont for Middle and High School. Jarvis spent his youth participating in academic and athletic competitions. He finished high school as a three-sport letterman and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Beaumont West Brook Senior High. After high school, Jarvis moved on to the University of Houston in the fall of 1999 to study Sociology and Psychology.

In the summer of 2005, Jarvis became a longshoreman working for Local 28, and got hired into Local 1351 in October of that same year. The first 8 years of his career were spent in the dedicated system working for Richardson Stevedores and Cooper T. Smith. Jarvis served one term as Sergeant at Arms before being appointed and then duly elected as Business Agent at 1351 in 2016.

I.L.A. LOCAL 1351 EXECUTIVE BOARD & STAFF

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER #6

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER #7

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER #8

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER #9

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER #10

SHARITA WADE

DANIEL BASS

SCOTT ARMSTRONG

JACKIE HILL-MURPHY

NATHANIEL HAWKINS

AUDITING COMMITTEE

AUDITING COMMITTEE

AUDITING COMMITTEE

SHARITA WADE

JACKIE HILL-MURPHY

SHERRY WRIGHT

CONTRACT COMMITTEE

CONTRACT COMMITTEE

CONTRACT COMMITTEE

NATHANIEL HAWKINS

TOMMY ANGLIN

FRANK ARDILA

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

JOSE MARTINEZ

OFFICE SECRETARY

DELANA WALKER

INTERNATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT

DISTRICT SECRETARY-TREASURER

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE

DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

CHARLES MONTGOMERY

BILL WILLIAMS SR.

ELOY CORTEZ

MICAH DICKENS

I.L.A. LOCAL 1351 EXECUTIVE BOARD & STAFF

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
SHARITA WADE
DANIEL BASS
SCOTT ARMSTRONG
JACKIE HILL-MURPHY
NATHANIEL HAWKINS

AUDITING COMMITTEE
SHARITA WADE
JACKIE HILL-MURPHY
SHERRY WRIGHT

CONTRACT COMMITTEE
NATHANIEL HAWKINS
TOMMY ANGLIN
FRANK ARDILA

SARGEANT-AT-ARMS
JOSE MARTINEZ

OFFICE SECRETARY
DELANA WALKER

INTERNATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT
CHARLES MONTGOMERY

DISTRICT SECRETARY-TREASURER
BILL WILLIAMS SR.

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE
ELOY CORTEZ

DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY
MICAH DICKENS

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