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.

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 […]


Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda



Greek dockworker activist suing Cosco for unlawful dismissal and unpaid overtime

Dockworkers have reported numerous problems with working conditions since China-based Cosco began operating at Greece’s Port of Piraeus in 2010.

Dimitrios Batsoulis has become one of Cosco’s harshest critics.

Mr. Batsoulis says he was fired from his job as a Cosco dockworker in February after he tried to organize a workers’ committee to raise […]


Deaths spark MUA campaign for gas workers

The Stena Clyde drilling unit was operating under lease to Origin Energy when an incident on the drill floor killed two men.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) on Thursday gained entry to a Stena Clyde offshore drilling unit about 90km southeast of Warrnambool where two men died on August 27.

But it says it […]


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 […]


ADM, Cargill Shut Grain Elevators in Louisiana

Tropical Storm Isaac

Major grain-trading companies shut down grain elevators in Louisiana to take precautions as Tropical Storm Isaac advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) closed four elevators and its port operations in New Orleans, and rival Cargill Inc. said it was working on closing two elevators near the city.



Truck weight limit issue remains unresolved as Panama Canal expansion looms

A Texas reporter looks at the issue of trucking weight and the impacts of the Panama Canal.

With increased shipments moving through the Panama Canal, many believe upping truck weight limits is the next logical step. … Most likely, a weight increase from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds would have to come with an increase of […]


Photos reveal damage to MSC Flaminia after blast

MSC Flaminia

MSC Flaminia

MSC Flaminia

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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 […]


Little known about explosion at CHS plant in MN

CHS grain elevator exposion at Tracy MN

The explosion happened in one of the legs of the elevator, [CHS General Manager Todd Reif] said. A leg is a structure that lifts grain to the top of the elevator.

The August 5 blast injured two people – a CHS employee and an independent truck driver. […]


Bunge Grain Elevator Explosion Injures Worker in Louisiana

Bunge elevator explosion injures worker

One employee is hospitalized after an explosion Sunday afternoon at the Madison Parish Port.

The Bunge Grain Elevator is temporarily closed after an explosion at the facility around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Bunge is unsure of when their elevator at Madison Parish Port will be operational again, but their efforts […]


Grain elevator explosion injures one at Bunge's Madison Port facility

An explosion late Sunday afternoon at Bunge’s grain elevator operation in the Madison Parish Port, Louisiana, injured one employee and has temporarily shut down the company’s facility there.

Neil Martin of Terral River Service, which also has operations in the port, suspected the explosion was generated from grain dust.

“It’s very combustible,” Martin said. “It […]


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.



Burned cargo ship hunting for a port

A stricken German cargo ship that was on fire for several weeks is now being towed aimlessly around the Atlantic Ocean because no European port will allow it to dock. The German owners are losing patience.

“I think it’s ridiculous that a ship sailing under a German flag in this situation can’t get permission […]


Dangerous cargo exploded on Maersk Kinloss

Dangerous cargo had been exploded on board of the container ship Maersk Kinloss in Iliychevsk, Ukraine. During the discharge of the cargo, the dock workers noticed that several containers are seriously damaged, due to explosion on board. The container, which caused explosion was loaded with the dangerous cargo of aluminum phosphide.

The fire caused damage […]