BATH (AP) – A three-member panel has concluded that there’s sufficent evidence to warrant a trial for three suspended officers from Machinists’ Local S6 at Bath Iron Works.

The panel met behind closed doors last month to consider whether to drop the charges against the officers or to conduct a full investigation. The trial begins on Monday.

Mike Keenan, the suspended president, told the Times Record newspaper that the outcome of last month’s hearing was predetermined. He is suing the union in federal court.

Keenan and three other union leaders were suspended last year following charges of shoddy accounting, widespread viewing of pornography on union computers and failure to deal with grievances in a timely manner. Only three of them will be tried.


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