Full operations resumed at the Port of Oakland Thursday morning, a day after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union walked off their jobs after a maintenance worker died from injuries reportedly sustained when he was caught in a moving part of the container crane he was servicing.
The 51-year-old worker was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The accident occurred at Ports America’s Ben E. Nutter Container Terminal, Berth 35.
Members of the ILWU reacted by walking off of their jobs at the Ports America terminal around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association, the employers’ organization.
The ILWU gradually worked its way to the other terminals until the entire port was shut down by about 3:15 p.m. The PMA met with the union, and when the longshoremen did not immediately return to work, the area arbitrator was called in under the contract’s grievance machinery, the PMA spokesman said.
Work resumed at 7 p.m. Wednesday at all of the terminals except the Ports America facility where the fatality occurred. The ILWU returned to the Ports America terminal for Thursday morning’s shift.
“Ports America is extremely saddened by this tragedy. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. The safety of our employees is of the utmost importance to us,” a Ports America representative said.