Posted at: 11/14/2012 10:37 PM
Updated at: 11/15/2012 8:01 AM
By: Jay Kolls
The national office of the Teamsters Union has taken over Local Union 120, whose headquarters are in Blaine. National Teamsters President, James Hoffa, wrote a letter to Local 120 members outlining the problems facing the local office.
Hoffa told union members Secretary-Treasurer, Brad Slawson, Sr. and his son, President Brad Slawson, Jr., are out as leaders and the national union has taken over. Hoffa told union members the move will help ensure the members' money is protected.
Hoffa lists about a dozen financial infractions including an unauthorized 189-thousand dollar loan for a new union hall and an improper 90-thousand dollar payment to close family friends of the Slawsons.
A national Teamsters spokesperson tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the union decided to outline all of the alleged financial problems because they don't want members, or the general public, to think they have something to hide.
Teamsters spokesperson, Bret Caldwell, says a three member Independent Review Board is conducting the investigation. It is made up of three government approved attorneys. The Review Board will hand over its findings to the U.S. Government. Caldwell says it will then be up to the U.S. Justice Department to determine if criminal charges are warranted.
Local 120 serves 10-thousand union members in Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Iowa.