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March 10, 2010
4 ex-Bath Iron Works officers sue Machinists union
Source: BussinessWeek
Author: Associated Press


Four former officers of the largest union at Bath Iron Works in Maine are suing the Machinists union for defamation and slander.

Former Local S6 President Mike Keenan, Chief Steward Mike Cyr, local trustee Cathy London and Vice President Troy Osgood were removed by the parent union in March 2008 after allegations surfaced of shoddy accounting, pornography on union computers and failure to deal with grievances promptly.

They contend in a complaint filed Tuesday in Sagadahoc County Superior Court that the Machinists union launched a campaign of "false, malicious and reckless" allegations.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and punitive damages, contends the plaintiffs suffered extreme emotional distress and that several of them had to seek medical attention.

It contends, among other things, that porn found on computers was viewed on dates the officers were either out of state or when others were in control of the computers. It also contends Machinists officials were angry because Local S6 wasn't contributing to a fund that supports the Machinists' political action committee.

John Carr, a spokesman for the Machinists union, said Wednesday that the union would defer comment until it had received and reviewed the 10-page complaint.

Keenan, who contends he was victim of a power grab for failing to follow the parent union's political agenda, said Wednesday he's looking forward to putting the case before a jury.

"I'm absolutely confident that as long as I get before a judge and jury, and outside the grasp of the international union, the truth will come out," Keenan said.





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