Local Union Leaders Accused of Illegal Activity

Updated: 11/22/2012 10:10 AM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

There's some new developments in the case against a local union taken over by the national Teamsters.

An independent review board has finished a report for the Teamsters Union. The 130-page report centers around a father-son team that ran Local Union 120 out of Blaine.

In the report, pages of what they call shams run by President Brad Slawson, Jr. and his father.

Some of the most shocking findings in the report come from a bar the union ran in Fargo- the Teamsters Club.

A bar consultant called only Chester in the report suggested at a bar and gaming board meeting "The bar run a fake benefit for a non-existent sick baby or other false cause to generate more sales since the benefit would attract more customers."

That fake benefit never happened but an employee who opposed was fired a month later.

The report finds "In addition to their local compensation (the Slawsons), were receiving $18,000 and $15,000 annually."

In Minnesota, the report says The Local used a company, American Pride, to act as a mortgage broker with a mortgage and construction loan. Slawson, Sr. had previously entered into a sham contract with the company so that it could deceive union members into believing it was a bona fide union employer. It was never revealed that Bank Mutual was the actual lender.

The report says strike money was improperly used to pay for the construction of the Local's building.

KSTP tried to get a comment from the Slawsons on the report. So far, our calls haven't been returned.


Report on Local 120