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Getting a Job as a Longshoreman

These union positions have a long and honoured history in the US. This guide is about getting a job as a longshoreman.

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January 27, 2011 Flag
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How do I go about applying for a job as a longshoreman?

By Montez from Brunswick, GA

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May 9, 20120 found this helpful
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Everyone is a little off. I'm a casual working in the Port of Seattle. Basically, you have to wait until there is a signup for your area. PMA (Pacific Marine Association) will usually have that information because they are the ones that pay to train you.

Thousands apply, then they shuffle all of the applicants and you hope you get picked. You don't have to be a union member to initially get in. It takes awhile you have to be patient. I got on the training list and it took me 4 1/2 years to get my first shift. No training is required because they train within.

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April 7, 2016 Flag
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I am looking to start in the longshoreman field. My background as a fisherman should show I can take long days and bad weather. Where can I start and is there anyplace in the northeast relative to Connecticut and Rhode Island?

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April 7, 20160 found this helpful

Good Luck!!! I am very familiar with this field from long experience in a related area. You must be a Longshoreman's Union member in high seniority to get work assignments in any area of the US. Joining the union is difficult and expecting any work is much more than difficult!!! You must be a union member of longstanding to expect any work assignments and people who do find work in the field rarely leave because of the high pay rates.

I encourage you to check with your local Longshore Union to learn more but do not expect open arms! I hope you have a back up job or plan!!!

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February 17, 2015 Flag
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Where do I apply for a longshoreman job?

By Kevin

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August 11, 20150 found this helpful

Apply to the union.

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August 31, 2013 Flag
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When do the books open to sign up for a longshoreman?

By Jamal

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September 2, 20130 found this helpful

Surely you should be asking at the port or at the union hall. I can't think why people on a site about thrift would be expected to have detailed knowledge about longshoreman jobs. You also didn't mention where you are and that probably makes a difference.

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May 24, 2013 Flag
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I have been working as a class A truck driver for 2 years. I have wanted to work as a longshoreman, for the past 13 years. I never seem to get the right information. What am I doing wrong? I need your help. Thanks.

By Preston from Los Angeles, CA

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January 28, 20160 found this helpful

You have to know somebody who works at the docks if you want to get in. They can get you an application. They hand them out every 5 years. I'm a casual. My mom is an A book. She got me in.

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June 8, 2014 Flag
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I would like to be a longshoreman. I would like to become a Casual. Hopefully, make union one day. I'm just not sure if I'm ready yet. I am from the upper middle class suburbs from Connecticut. I was wondering is there anychance of someone from my walk of life getting a chance at the greatest professional in the world?

PS., I'm not some kid who watched Season 2 of the Wire and decided this was for me. I'm doing boxing, lifting, running, mixtures of the combos. I don't know how strong you have to be. If I'm not strong enough yet would it be alright if I tried out again? I'm not strong then I will be in the gym strong. It goes without saying there will be people stronger. But all my boxing coaches and wrestling coaches will tell you there are few few people who can maintain my energy level for a long time.

I know the unfortunate thing is tragedy does strike. I realize a longshoreman can give powerliftings a run for the money in the strength department. My mom is scared, but I have to make my own path. I've worked jobs with sadistic supervisors before. I hope that there is no violence at the docks like there used to be. I don't scare easily. I understand the cultures of the docks. I just want to do my job, earn the respect for the casuals and the union men and women.

By Ryan F. from Milford, CT

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August 7, 20140 found this helpful

Don't know what the east coast longshore process is but I am female Longshoreman in California. You can only apply when a casual process is opened. We haven't done it here since 2003.

Working out has nothing to do with the job, most everything is done by containers for the past 40 years. I am 48 years old as and still lash with the boys (I am not a crazy fitness freak, actually a few pounds overweight and only 5'4). Check with your local union to see when casual process is open. Used to be on the west coast only way in was through another Longshore man but that was changed in the last processing period. Hope this helps you out.

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February 3, 2014 Flag
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I am on the list to get hired. How do I find out my place on the list?

By Derek

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November 14, 20140 found this helpful

Just checking how long the wait list is before they call me.

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January 31, 2012 Flag
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Where do you apply for longshoreman jobs in California?

By Rodney

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February 1, 20120 found this helpful

First, you have to be a union member to work the docks. Go to the union business office in the city they are located or the union hall and inquire about joining the union and working the docks. Then get help from the union for employment. If you are not a union member you won't get to work the docks.

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September 22, 2011 Flag
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How do I get work as a longshoreman in Newark New Jersey?

Sylvester

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September 22, 20110 found this helpful

Oops! My first post had a link that did not work. Try this one:

http://www.unions.org/unions/new-je ... onal-longshoremen%27s-association/16

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August 28, 2013 Flag
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How old do you have to be to become a longshoreman?

By Ta'Quan

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August 30, 20130 found this helpful

Hi - I do not know the age requirement but I do know there is a lot more to it than just your age.

Google your question and you will find your answer and hopefully lots of information to get you started.

May take many months/years to get one of these jobs.

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May 21, 2013 Flag
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How can I get a job as a longshoreman?

By Mike

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May 23, 20130 found this helpful

http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Longshoreman

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