Getting Hired as a Longshoreman
The PMTA and ILA Locals in the Ports of the Delaware River jointly operate Hiring Centers where longshoremen seeking employment on any given day make themselves available for work opportunities.
To get hired for a shift on any particular day, you MUST follow these steps.
STEP 1: Is there work?
Call 215-463-8552 the night before and listen to the recording. You will find out if there is cargo arriving, what time, and how many workers will be needed for the following day.
The PMTA maintains an Automated Hiring System that gives employers and labor computer access to the daily hires. Orders are placed on the Automated System on a daily basis for the next day work orders. On the day of the work, the dispatchers at the hiring centers open the work orders and fill them out. PMTA members are given access to the system by the PMTA.
STEP 2: Go to one of the Employment & Training Centers
If work is available, the following morning arrive at one of the Employment & Training Centers:
1. SCAN your PMTA-ILA Identification Card
2. Wait to be assigned to a gang/crew.
STEP 3: Report to Your Assigned Terminal
Once you have been assigned to a gang/crew you need to report on-time and be ready to work. You will also need your TWIC Card, State or Federally Issued Identification Card, and your personal protective equipment (PPE).
IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO A CAR SHIP, you will need to bring your original Social Security Card, a valid driver’s license, and TWIC Card.