Ironworkers Local 16, which represents about 1,000 Baltimore-area workers and retirees, has been merged with two other Washington-area locals following years of declining membership and work, and difficulty funding its pension.
The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers' executive board voted in December to revoke the local chapter's charter, effective Jan. 1.
Local 16's 290 active members were reassigned to Local 5. Local 201, which represents parts of Maryland and Virginia, also was consolidated under Local 5.
The merger is part of a broader consolidation effort by the union, as leaders search for ways to strengthen...