McKenzie Again Declared “Ineligible” for Waterfront Union Presidency
Riker “Rocky” McKenzie, former president of Local 333 of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) in Baltimore, has once again been deemed “ineligible to run for or hold union office” by the ILA’s national office in New York.
In August, McKenzie was removed from Local 333 president’s office by the ILA’s Executive Council because of evidence he had been convicted of dealing heroin in the 1970s—a distinction that bars members from holding union office. McKenzie appealed the decision and was permitted, while the appeal was pending, to be nominated for president in the local’s elections, scheduled to take place Dec. 3.
On Nov. 22—just prior to the Nov. 24 publication of City Paper’s coverage of the election, and the prevalence of felons in the troubled union’s membership roster—ILA Secretary-Treasurer Robert Gleason sent a letter to McKenzie denying his appeal. “After careful review,” the letter reads, “the ILA Executive Council has voted to deny your request for reconsideration and to affirm its prior ruling. . . . As a result, your removal from office remains in effect and . . . you remain ineligible to run for or hold union office. Please be guided accordingly.”
McKenzie has yet to return a detailed message from City Paper asking for comment and whether he intends to take legal action to stop the ILA Executive Council’s latest ruling from taking effect.