Teamsters take over Blaine's Local 120

7:59 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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BLAINE, Minn. -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters says it's taken over leadership of a 10,000-member local and placed its top two executives on leave, due to "pervasive and ongoing" financial irregularities.

In a memo to Teamsters members, union president James P. Hoffa said the Independent Review Board recommended that Local 120 -- based in Blaine -- be placed in Trusteeship.  The union also put the Local 120 executives -- Brad Slawson, Sr., and Brad Slawson, Jr. -- on leave. Local 120 also has offices in North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.

Hoffa wrote that several concerns led to the trusteeship, including apparent irregularities in the local's purchase of real estate for a new union hall. The memo also says investigators also found irregularities in the operation of a bar and gaming operation in Fargo, N.D., known as the Teamsters Club.

"Accordingly, and because the foregoing breaches of fiduciary and their effects appear to be pervasive and ongoing, I have determined that an immediate trusteeship of Local 120 is necessary for the purpose of correcting corruption or financial malpractice and otherwise carrying out legitimate objects of the Local Union," Hoffman wrote.


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