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.

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 […]


Man crushed by container worked for company with previous workplace violations: OSHA

Jorge Gomez, 51, died Monday at the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Jersey City when a container fell onto the lifting machine he was operating at the time. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

The ILWU Coast Longshore Division send our condolences to Brother Gomez’ family, friends and colleagues. An Injury to One […]


U.S. Labor Secretary appoints ILWU Local 10 president to safety advisory group

The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has issued the following news release including Ed Ferris, a Local 10 longshoreman who serves on the Safety Committee and was recently elected president of Local 10 in San Francisco/Oakland:

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez appoints 15 members to Maritime Advisory Committee for […]


ICTSI 'using NLRB as a hammer on working people in the U.S.'

Handy Shipping Guide, a UK-based media outlet, published an article this morning called ‘Reefer Shipping Container Argument at Port Leads to Freight Slowdown and Truck and Trailer Delays; Ongoing Labour Dispute ‘Will Go On For Years’. Excerpts:

Problems with management began shortly after Philippines-based ICTSI took over the Port of Portland’s container terminal operations […]


CHS grain operations issued 19 OSHA citations

OSHA’s grain safety outreach and enforcment campaign is a result of a record number of grain entrapments in 2010 that resulted in the death of 31 workers nationwide.

Cenex Harvest States in Montana has been issued 19 citations from OSHA for violating workplace safety and health standards, and the Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration is […]


Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:

The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal […]


Agricultur​e groups could oppose TPP on Japan tariff demands

”Japan – a rich, developed country – is demanding special treatment for its agricultural sector. We consider an agreement that includes such special treatment for Japan to be unacceptable,” wrote the American Farm Bureau Federation and 16 other organizations.

A coalition of the major agricultural organizations said they’re likely to oppose a final TPP trade […]


Mechanic killed in fatal crane accident at Port of Oakland

[UPDATE: The worker has been identified as 51-year-old Mark Arnett of Oakland, a member of the International Association of Machinists. Our condolences go out to Brother Arnett’s colleagues, friends and family.]

A man died at the Port of Oakland after being crushed by a crane Wednesday morning, a California Division of Occupational Safety and Health […]


Inland Empire warehouse workers walk off job, protest conditions

Wednesday’s walkout at the NFI warehouse came a day before Warehouse Workers United and other labor supporters were planning to begin a 50-mile protest march from the Inland Empire to downtown Los Angeles that is supposed to take place over about five days.

As many as three dozen workers at a warehouse in Mira Loma […]


Worker dies days after fall at Cargill plant

Cargill facility in Bloomington, Illinois

Authorities in central Illinois are working to determine what led to the death of a 48-year-old man after a fall at a Cargill Inc. soybean-processing plant.

Emergency workers brought Michael Burleson to the hospital after responding to a call at the Cargill facility in Bloomington.

Cargill spokesman Mark Klein says […]


OSHA Fines SSA Marine $70,000

[Note: The following news refers to the tragic death of our brother, ILWU Local 94 member Steve Saggiani.]

SSA Marine, a California-based stevedoring services company, was recently fined $70,000 by the federal government’s safety agency after a worker was killed while on the job.

The federal government’s workplace safety agency stated that the worksite where […]


OSHA probes ConAgra worker’s death

An OSHA official said it will take about six months to investigate the death of Jay M. Van Buskirk, 47, who fell off a man-lift at the ConAgra grain elevator in Alton, IL. Van Buskirk had reportedly been affected by the heat and told witnesses he was feeling dizzy prior to his fatal fall.



OSHA Cites SSA Marine In Port Death

ILWU Local 94 longshore worker Steve Saggiani was killed in a waterfront accident on January 19, 2012, at the age of 47. OSHA announced Thursday that ‘SSA Marine failed to prevent this worker from being in harm’s way.’

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited SSA Marine Thursday in regards […]


Investigation continues into Port Newark accident that fatally crushed dockworker

Newark container terminal where an ILA worker was killed on the job last night.

Earline Brundage was working as a “hold man” on the Newark waterfront, according to a co-worker who saw the accident that killed her.

Brundage’s job, the longshoreman said, was to remove the metal “shoes” from bus-sized shipping containers while a […]


Dockworker dies after industrial accident at Newark port

Officials say a dockworker was killed Wednesday in an industrial accident while unloading a shipping container at a Newark port.

A port spokesman says the 47-year-old woman was working at the Port Newark Container Terminal about 7:15 p.m. when she was caught between two railroad-car-sized metal containers that had been taken from a ship in […]