Horace T. Alston began his career as a longshoreman working on the Baltimore waterfront in 1963 as a segregated International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) local.  After progressing through various union office positions, Horace was elected the Atlantic Coast District Vice President in 1984.  Within a year, he was elected to his current position as the Vice President of the International Longshoreman’s Association, AFL-CIO.  He deals not only with his everyday union responsibilities, but also with numerous port matters including lobbying the elected state and federal officials on issues such as dredging and the expansion of port facilities.

Currently, Horace serves as the President of the ILA Baltimore District Council, co-chairs the ILA Benefit Funds in Maryland, and co-chairs the ILA National Civil Rights Committee.

Mr. Alston also serves on the boards of the Maryland State Transportation Commission, the Private Sector Port Coalition, and the Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee.  Last year, the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce honored Horace as the 32nd recipient of the “Port Leader of the Year” award.

In addition to his work with the Port of Baltimore, he has remained active in civic, political and church organizations in the community.


The Honorable Helen Delich Bentley
Chairman for the Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee

Horace Alston
President of the International Longshoreman’s Association Baltimore District

Bud Nixon
Vice-Chairman of the Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee

F. Brooks Royster, III
Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA)


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