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.

Longshore worker dies at marine terminal in San Diego

Note: Public information is limited at this time. Our profound condolences to our Union Brother’s family, friends and brothers and sisters on the docks. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

Excerpts from World Maritime News:

A longshore worker died on January 3 in a forklift accident while working at the Tenth […]


Death of two grainhandlers highlight Gavilon’s safety and health violations in 13 states

From ‘Owner of Wichita grain elevator where two men died has history of safety violations’ in the Wichita Eagle:

The company that owns a south Wichita grain elevator where two people died Tuesday has faced 24 cases of safety and health violations by federal regulators over the past seven years, including one incident in Ohio […]


Husband, father of two is one of two Kansas men who died in Gavilon grain elevator

Our profound condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the two workers who were killed on the job yesterday.

Excerpts from the Wichita Eagle:

Marcus Tice was one of two men who were killed in a grain elevator at a Gavilon Grain facility in Wichita, a family member has confirmed.

The two men were […]


ICTSI had several OSHA safety violations in U.S., faces allegations of 'mass firings, poverty wages' at global ports

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that workers in Madagascar are some of the lowest paid in the world, some earning less than US$40 per month. In 2012, many of these workers joined the Syndicat Général Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA) to fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and unsafe working conditions at […]


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 […]