Gulf Coast VP Corgey Receives Port Appointment


February 2013


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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.


Corgey’s appointment fills the seat previously held by Janiece Longoria, who was named Port Commission chair Jan. 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 has been an SIU vice president since 1990. He joined the union in 1973 after graduating from the trainee program in Piney Point, Md. He sailed for six years (including time as a licensed chief engineer) before coming ashore to work for the union in 1979.


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 stated, “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 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 on Jan. 16. “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 also serves as a vice president of the Texas AFLCIO; 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.


Port Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. “I intend to be a voice for labor and working families and I pledge to work in the best interest of the city, port and workers with diligence and integrity,” Corgey added. “I also look forward to working with our new port chair, Janiece Longoria, and the other commissioners to improve efficiency, accountability and transparency, maintain local control, secure funding for much-needed capital improvements, develop new business and cargo, create jobs, promote diversity and make educational opportunities available to meet future challenges and growth.”



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