SIU VP Corgey Reappointed to Port of Houston Authority

 

March 2015

 

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SIU Vice President Gulf Coast Dean Corgey on Jan. 28 was unanimously reappointed by Houston City Council as a port commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority. Port commissioners serve two-year terms without pay; Corgey first was appointed in January 2013.

 

Houston Mayor Annise Parker cited Corgey’s broad experience and how it qualifies him to be a member of the commission.

 

“Not only does he bring a labor perspective to the commission,” she said, “but he also brings an understanding of how ports around the world connect with Houston.”

 

Corgey has been an SIU vice president since 1990. He joined the union in 1973 after graduating from the trainee program in Piney Point, Maryland. He sailed for six years (including time as a licensed chief engineer) before coming ashore to work for the union in 1979.

 

“We’ve had two great years at the port and we’ve accomplished a lot,” Corgey said. “We’ve been able to assist mariners with shore access and improving terminals. We’ve increased our revenue to record levels while reducing expenses. The port’s reputation has never been better, and it was an honor to receive unanimous support. I look forward to two more years of continued growth and progress.”

 

In addition to the aforementioned duties, Corgey is a trustee for the Seafarers Pension Plan, and the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan. He 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. Corgey chairs the port commission’s community relations committee and serves on its procurement and small business development and dredge task forces.

 

According to its mission statement, the Port of Houston Authority “has owned or operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation’s largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage. The port is an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation. It supports the creation of more than one million statewide jobs and more than 2.1 million nationwide jobs, and the generation of economic activity totaling more than $178.5 billion in Texas and $499 billion across the nation.”

 

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