Getting a Job as a Longshoreman

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January 27, 2011

How do I go about applying for a job as a longshoreman?

By Montez from Brunswick, GA

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June 3, 20102 found this helpful
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Hello,
My uncle was a longshoreman. He said to go to the local Longshoreman's Union and sign up. There are also ships that go to dangerous places so please be careful and ask for their destination and stops in between. Good luck, you will make good $.

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January 28, 20110 found this helpful
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I would imagine you should check with the different shipping companies. You could even check with your local job service.

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September 22, 20110 found this helpful
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You could try to contact an International Longshoreman's Union in Newark. Here is a list of eight ILA unions in New Jersey: www.unions.org/.../16

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May 9, 20121 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.

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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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August 31, 2013

When do the books open to sign up for a longshoreman?

By Jamal

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September 2, 20130 found this helpful

You will have to check your local area.

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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.

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You also didn't mention where you are and that probably makes a difference.

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January 17, 2017

If someone put 2 stamps on interest card is the person auto disqualified?

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February 17, 2015

Where do I apply for a longshoreman job?

By Kevin

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September 22, 2011

How do I get work as a longshoreman in Newark New Jersey?

Sylvester

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September 22, 20110 found this helpful

You could try to contact an International Longshoreman's Union in Newark. Here is a list of eight ILA unions in New Jersey:
www.unions.org/.../new-je ... onal-longshoremen%27s-association/16

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September 22, 20110 found this helpful

Oops! My first post had a link that did not work. Try this one:
www.unions.org/.../16

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April 7, 2016

I am looking to start in the longshoreman field. My background as a fisherman should show I can take long days and bad weather.

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Where can I start and is there anyplace in the northeast relative to Connecticut and Rhode Island?

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May 24, 2013

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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May 26, 20130 found this helpful

Here's an overview: www.ehow.com/how_8018167_longshoreman-job.html

What is up with all the longshoreman inquiries on this site, it seem like there is a new one every month.

If you're getting wrong information it might be because you're asking on a thrift board, not on a longshoreman, job-finding or union site. Use Google or Bing or any search engine to find the resources in your area.

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January 17, 2013

How do you obtain an employment application for a longshoreman position in Hampton Roads Virginia?

By joy2world2

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January 19, 20130 found this helpful

Specific questions like this are more likely to find an answer on a search engine. I typed: employment application for a longshoreman position in Hampton Roads Virginia? into a search engine and got relevant results immediately.

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January 31, 2012

Where do you apply for longshoreman jobs in California?

By Rodney

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January 31, 20120 found this helpful

I would try Long Beach Harbor first. After that try The Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro Harbor , San Deigo Harbor (Military harbor).

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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.

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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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June 8, 2014

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.

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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

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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August 28, 2013

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

How can I get a job as a longshoreman?

By Mike

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May 23, 20130 found this helpful

www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Longshoreman

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April 25, 2013

I am interested in applying for a longshoreman position locally, but 16 years ago, I committed a felony, assault and battery in a high and aggravated nature. I completed my probation sentence and have never been in any trouble since. Will I meet the qualifications for a longshoreman and to get a TWIC card?

By John

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April 25, 20130 found this helpful

Regarding the TWIC card, go to www.tsa.gov and review the list under Disqualification, waivers and appeals.

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April 9, 2012

Where do I apply to be a longshoreman in Baltimore?

By Michael

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April 10, 20120 found this helpful

If I'm not mistaken, longshoreman have a long and honoured history in the US as strictly union, so your best first stop would be here:

www.ilaunion.org/

Good luck, this is a very strenuous occupation, but one in which the labour is much needed by anyone who purchases any food, household supplies, clothing, and luxury goods!

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September 26, 2011

How do I get an application for a longshoreman job?

By Jeremiah

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

Call or go to the closest union hall for your area for information. I say that because I am pretty sure most longshoreman jobs are unionized. I hope someone will correct be if I am wrong.

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November 20, 2013

I am currently employed for the past 20 years as a longshoreman superintendent for a very reputable shipping company in South Africa. Is it possible to obtain a similar vacancy in the states? I am qualified in all aspects of stevedoring and also have a riggers certificate.

By Fayal from Richards Bay, South Africa

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May 20, 2013

How do I apply for a longshoreman position in San Francisco, California?

By Mike J from San Francisco, CA

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