Pittman a giant of a union leader

 

Clarence Pittman Jr. was a giant. For almost four decades, he led the International Longshoremen's Association Local #1416.

The union, which provides labor for PortMiami, was chartered in 1936. Pittman’s leadership improved labor strength in the community and at the port. It meant careers for thousands of men and women in Miami-Dade County.

He provided his members with political clout, rehabilitation programs and education opportunities, focusing on scholarships for local college-bound students.

His leadership involved the longshoreman’s union with such organizations as the 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Florida Memorial College, Family Christian Association of America, the United Negro College Fund, the Boy Scouts of America, several sororities and fraternities and the Black Archives.

More than just a union boss, Pittman was a family man. He spoke softly and never lost the common touch. I was fortunate to have known him.

Darryl Reaves, Miami

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