SIU Gulf Coast VP Appointed to Port Commission (1/17)


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SIU Vice President Gulf Coast Dean Corgey on Jan. 16 was appointed by the Houston City Council to serve as a member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. A related press release from the port authority appears below and may be accessed on the agency’s website by clicking HERE


“I have been asked many times why I want to be a port commissioner and the simple answer is that I want to serve,” Corgey stated. “I have learned that the most rewarding of human endeavors is to serve those other than oneself whether it be one’s faith, family, community or civic body. Next week we will celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. who dedicated his life to serving his fellow man. Dr. King said it best when he said: ‘An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.’ Those are the principles and values that I will exercise in the performance of my duties as commissioner.”


Corgey Appointed to Houston Port Commission


Seafarers International Union VP fills seat


Houston City Council today appointed Dean Corgey, vice president of the Seafarers International Union Gulf Coast Region, to serve as a member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority.


Corgey’s appointment fills the seat previously held by Janiece Longoria, who was named Port Commission Chairman January 8 during a joint session of the Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court. She had served as the city appointee to the commission since 2002.


Corgey, a longtime organizer for the Seafarers Union and lifelong Houston resident, has been vice president of the Gulf Coast Region since 1990.


Corgey also serves as a vice president of the Texas AFL-CIO; as secretary-treasurer of the West Gulf Ports Council of the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department; and on the executive board of the Harris County AFL-CIO. He is a member of the American Maritime Partnership and the Navy League of the United States. He is a past member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Area Maritime Security Committee for the Port of Houston/Galveston and served as chairman of the City of Houston Ethics Committee. In addition, he is a past member of the board of directors of the Houston Maritime Association.


Houston Mayor Annise Parker said, “It is important to have labor represented in the port’s activities and it needs to be the right voice for labor. Dean Corgey is eminently qualified for this position. City Council’s unanimous confirmation of his appointment indicates we are all in agreement that he will do an outstanding job.”


Longoria said, “Dean Corgey’s background as a merchant mariner and his community leadership will be of great value to the Port Commission, and I look forward to working with him on the Commission to benefit the Port of Houston.”


“I come from labor and have worked the Houston waterfront for 40 years in various capacities,” Corgey said. “I have also had the opportunity to work in numerous ports on all four coasts, and in my opinion, we have the best labor in the country, if not the world, right here in Houston.”


Port Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay.


About the Port of Houston Authority

For nearly 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned/operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation’s largest port in terms of foreign waterborne tonnage. The port has historically been an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation. The port contributes to the creation of more than one million statewide and more than 2.1 million nationwide jobs and the generation of more than $178.5 billion of statewide and $499 billion of nationwide economic activity.


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