Dean McGrath is currently the President at ILWU Local 23 in Tacoma Washington. He taught in the public school system for several years in Tacoma while working as a casual longshoreman. He has been working as a longshoreman in the port of Tacoma since 1992. Dean has served many positions within the Union. From a local level as a long term executive member, labor relations chairman, to community service/outreach coordinator. He serves on several port related committees and is active in local and state politics and participated as a delegate to the National Democratic Committee in 2016.
Dean has worked for the port and union on special projects to solve terminal congestion solutions, and is currently working with Washington exporters and operators for a near dock program to enhance terminal and gate performance. He has also spoke to the exporters at several AGTC events with exporters of agriculture and recently participated in a working group with Federal Maritime Commissioner Dye, dealing with congestion and exports.
During his presidency he has organized relief and aid trips from his Union to Eastern Washington fires, Standing Rock, and most recently, Puerto Rico.