BLET Secretary-Treasurer in Texas Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty

On September 16, Edward Davis Jr., former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 620, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to embezzling funds from the Fort Worth union in the amount of $61,386. He had been charged in an information count two days earlier. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Illinois BLET Secretary-Treasurer Charged with Embezzlement

On May 2, Thomas Miller, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 815, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with embezzling $10,686 in funds from the Joliet-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Panel Seeks Theft Charges against Cleveland Locomotive Boss

blet-logoAs far as corrupt Teamster bosses from Cleveland go, Don Hahs isn’t remotely in the same league as the union’s general president during the mid to late 80s, the late Jackie Presser, a kept man of the Mob. But the discovery that Hahs likely embezzled funds has raised concerns of a federally-appointed oversight body. In a September 13 letter to International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa, the Independent Review Board (IRB) recommended that Hoffa bring embezzlement charges against Hahs, who heads the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET). Hahs, the three-member board charged, diverted more than $58,000 in BLET funds to cover personal expenses. It’s an internal matter – at least for now. But the IRB has a track record of limited patience.

 

The 55,000-member Locomotive Engineers’ union, headquartered in Cleveland, has been affiliated with the Teamsters since 2004. Don Hahs became president in 2001 Read More ➡