September 19, 2019

BIW pension plan merger may violate federal laws

BATH — A federal agency says Bath Iron Works may have violated federal labor laws by failing to consult employees before merging their pension fund with that of its parent corporation, General Dynamics of Falls River, Va.

Four separate charges were lodged last year, according to a report issued Friday by Paul Rickard, acting regional director for the National Labor Relations Board.

The complaining unions are Local S6 and Local S7 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association.

An administrative law judge will hear the case Nov. 29 in Portland.

“We feel that everyone should gain from the merger, not just BIW,” said Mary Cunningham, president of the 810-member Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association. “It’s a critical issue because it’s our money.”

BIW spokeswoman Sue Pierter declined to comment.

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