The ILWU is one of the strongest Labor Unions in America. Once you receive you're a book, you have it made. However, being a casual Longshore worker - an Identified Causal - is no picnic. You are treated like a second class citizen. Not respected by the PMA - and you get little consideration by the ILWU.
Most "A men" (and A women) were once casuals. Yet, there is very little empathy by the ILWU members with the identified casuals. In fact, second class citizen is probably not even a good analogy because casuals have very little rights before the PMA and ILWU.
One area where casuals do have the same rights and remedies as ILWU members is with work injuries. Casuals have the exact same rights to file and bring a Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act claim as "A book" ILWU members.
The Longshore Act is one of the most powerful workers' compensation systems in the United States. To often, casuals are afraid to bring claims because of fear of reprisal from the PMA and/or ILWU. Of course, nothing could be farther from the truth. Because once you file a Longshore Act claim, the federal law protects you from being discriminated against.
If you feel like you have not been chosen to advance to a B book because you previously filed a Longshore At claim, call us - we can help.
Truth is, once you file a Longshore Act claim, you have more protections than other casuals.
How Identified Casuals Fit In
The union is made up of 4 different classes. The top of the ladder is the "A" registered members. These are the full dues paying members who get the first opportunity to work. After all the "A" members get work then what is left over is taken to the "B" class members. "B" members are not members of their perspective Local but are ILWU International members and are considered apprentices and pay lesser dues and can vote only on the coastwise contract. After the "B" members have taken their jobs then what work is left over is taken to the "C" class otherwise known as "Identified Casuals" These are people who are not yet registered ILWU members. After all the "ID's" have taken jobs then any work left over is given to the "unidentified casuals."
Casuals and Identified Casuals have the same right to bring claims under the Longshore Act as regular members of the ILWU. In fact, under the LHWCA - A book holders, B book holders, Identified Casuals and Unidentified Casuals have the same exact rights.
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Do not exaggerate the fine print. If a judge suspects your not being truthful, then they will dismiss your case. Always be honest. Always tell the truth.
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