CSX loses health insurance caseA Baltimore County Circuit...

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March 25, 1994

CSX loses health insurance case

A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury gave a group of insurance companies a victory yesterday over CSX Corp. in a battle over who should pay for more than $110 million in health insurance claims filed by CSX workers.

The case arose from over 20,000 claims that the Richmond, Va.-based transportation company paid out to workers who suffered hearing loss after long-term exposure to loud noise.

Joseph D. Tydings, the lead lawyer for CSX, said that the verdict means the company will not recover any of the money it has paid out. Mr. Tydings said lawyers for CSX have not decided whether to appeal.

Piedmont pilots may strike

Piedmont Aviation Inc. pilots have approved a strike against the USAir Group Inc. unit if negotiations remain stalled at midnight Friday.

The Air Line Pilots Association has almost 400 members of Piedmont who fly USAir Express turboprop commuter flights to 41 cities in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Toronto and the Bahamas. However, the strike authorization vote is not a signal that there would be an immediate strike, ALPA officials said. Piedmont was acquired in 1987 by USAir Inc., a subsidiary of USAir Group Inc., the parent of USAir.

Dow Jones to hold forum in city

Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Peter R. Kann, chairman and chief executive of the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones & Co., are scheduled to announce Monday that Dow Jones will hold its annual national forum on "Black Entrepreneurship in America" this year in Baltimore for the first time.

The forum, for which the dates have not been announced, is intended to promote and develop African-American business enterprises and provide access to major corporations and businesses.

Poly-Seal makes offer to strikers

With a strike at Poly-Seal Corp. entering its fourth week, the management of the Baltimore-based maker of plastic caps and container seals has sent its most recent contract offer directly to its 380 workers.

Members of Local 6967 of the United Steelworkers of America struck Poly-Seal's two Baltimore-area plants March 2 in a contract dispute centering on a proposed 12-hour workday and health insurance. There have been no negotiations since last Friday.

"What we're hoping to do is set the record straight," said Poly-Seal President Robert N. Gilman, "We want to get the people back to work. . . . We've been hurt."

Robert S. Meyers, president of Local 6967, said the union has been presenting the company's proposals fairly and accurately. "The people have made up their minds that the company is doing them dirty," he said.

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