Fifth-generation dockworker, union leader welcomed to Board…
June 23, 2020 — Bobby Olvera Jr. participated in his first meeting on Monday, June 22, as the newest member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, which oversees the Port of Long Beach and the City’s Harbor Department.
Olvera, a fifth-generation dockworker, serves as International Vice President (Mainland) of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and was appointed to the Board in May by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.
The Long Beach City Council unanimously confirmed Olvera to complete the term of Commissioner Lou Anne Bynum, which ends in June 2021. Bynum resigned from the Board in March to serve as interim superintendent-president of the Long Beach City College District. Olvera is eligible to serve two full terms after the expiration of his current partial term.
“I am honored to be part of this Commission. I look forward to serving on this Board during a time filled with challenges.” Olvera said.
“Bobby knows first-hand what it’s like to work on the docks and to serve as a leader, so we know he will hit the ground running,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal.
A Marine Corps veteran, Olvera has served in a variety of leadership roles within ILWU Local 13 in Southern California, the largest ILWU local on the West Coast that includes the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. He was elected ILWU International Vice President in 2018.
Olvera is the 71st Long Beach Harbor Commissioner since the current commission structure was formed in 1925. Harbor Commissioners are appointed by the mayor to a maximum of two six-year terms.
“Bobby joins us with a broad perspective in labor and service to the Port, making him an ideal addition to the Harbor Commission,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach.
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $170 billion in trade annually, supporting more than 575,000 Southern California jobs.