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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

WA Supreme Court in hard slapdown to port’s closed meetings

From the Seattle PI:

The Washington State Supreme Court, in an expansive opinion, ruled Thursday that ports and public agencies cannot use an exemption in the state’s Open Public Meetings Act for closed-door deal making where the public has a major interest.

The justices ruled in favor of environmental groups, which challenged the Port of […]

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DP World under union microscope

From Port Strategy:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is to target standards at DP World terminals around the world.

Standards in health and safety, automation and contract labour will be targeted through a newly formed global union alliance formed of 17 unions based in DP World terminals.

The ITF has made this initiative a priority […]

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17 people inside during fatal Wisconsin corn mill explosion; facility had been cited by OSHA

From the Seattle PI:

Authorities say there were 17 people not 16 inside the southern Wisconsin corn mill that exploded late Wednesday night. One person was killed and two people remain missing. Two workers were treated and released. Twelve were transported to hospitals via ambulances and medical flights.

Federal records show the Didion Milling Plant […]

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Worker dies after being buried in gypsum at Port of Almería, Spain

Our sincere condolences to the 29-year-old worker’s family, friends and co-workers.

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A 29-year-old worker died Monday at the Port of Almería, Spain, after being buried in a mountain of gypsum 15 to 20 meters high when a detachment occurred while he was taking samples. A […]

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Muere un trabajador en el puerto de Almería, España, sepultado en yeso

Que descanse en paz nuestro hermano. Nuestras condolencias a su familia, sus compañeros de trabajo, y sus amigos.

Our condolences to the loved ones of the worker who was killed after being buried in gypsum at the Port of Almería, Spain, on Monday.

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Un trabajador de 29 años […]

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Crews respond to fire at midwest Bunge Grain elevator

From WCCU:

Emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a fire on Coffeen Street in Homer, Illinois.

The Homer Fire Chief Don Happ tells Fox Illinois they believe the motor from an industrial fan started the fire at Bunge Grain on Coffeen Street.

Happ says 100,000 bushels of grain have been burned in the […]

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Dubai’s DP World confirms 10 injured when ship hits cranes at Jebel Ali port

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Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week.

The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s […]

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Port of Oakland truckers on alert after TSA warning

From NBC Bay Area:

After the federal Transportation Security Administration came out with a warning Tuesday about terrorists using trucks as weapons, truck drivers at the Port of Oakland said they’re on alert.

It’s happening all over the world, and the Department of Homeland Security is asking truckers across the U.S. to be vigilant. Many […]

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ITF delivers satisfactory progress report to Maersk AGM

International Transport Workers’ Federation news release:

A four-strong team of representatives from ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) unions today committed to continued dialogue with AP Møller-Mærsk at the company’s AGM in Copenhagen.

The union members were at the event to deliver a progress report on the continuing dialogue between the company and unions established by […]

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Port worker dies in worksite accident in Valparaiso, Chile

Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Brother Hernán Vedia López. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

South Pacific Terminal (TPS) reported the death of longshore worker Hernán Vedia López, after an accident inside the port at 22:30 hours on Friday, March 24.

The worker worked at […]

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Washington State Supreme Court sides with Port of Vancouver in oil terminal suit

Environmental groups Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center argued the Port of Vancouver commissioners violated state environmental laws when it agreed to lease land to Savage Cos. and Tesoro Corp., now collaborating as Vancouver Energy, without the project first undergoing the analysis for an environmental impact statement.

The court’s majority, also ruled that the […]

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Port of Vancouver USA commissioners vote 2-1 to extend oil terminal lease

The Port of Vancouver will continue to lease land to Vancouver Energy for its proposed oil terminal after the agreement was the subject of a passionate and sometimes contentious meeting Tuesday. After five hours of testimony and deliberation, the vote was 2-1.

Commissioner Eric LaBrant was the sole supporter of his motion to cancel the […]

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Four terminals in Argentina stop following death of port worker

Our profound condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Brother Pedro Fita, who was killed when glass fell from a crane and pierced his helmet. We are hoping for a full recovery for his co-worker who was also seriously injured. SUPA union officials say work stopped for 24 hours at terminals in […]

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Wikileaks: The CIA is using popular TVs, smartphones and cars to spy on their owners

The Washington Post reports that: In the case of a tool called “Weeping Angel” for attacking Samsung SmartTVs, Wikileaks wrote, ”After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on, In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a […]

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Barangaroo death: Union claims it was blocked from inspecting work site

Our profound condolences go out to Brother Macphereson’s family, friends and colleagues. From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia says it was recently prevented from conducting a safety inspection at the construction site at Sydney’s Barangaroo where a 32-year-old worker was killed March 1.

Tim Macpherson was crushed to death when […]

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