Nat’l. Union Accuses MN Father, Son of Embezzlement

By Nataleeya Boss, Twin Cities Business

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a national labor union, has filed charges against two of its former Minnesota leaders, accusing them of embezzlement, bank fraud, and other financial misconduct, according to a Star Tribune report.

The charges against longtime Teamsters members Bradley Slawson Sr., and his son, Bradley Slawson Jr., were brought by the Teamsters Independent Review Board (IRB), which will hold a hearing in late February, the Minneapolis newspaper reported. The IRB is a quasi-governmental body tasked—partly by the U.S. Department of Justice—with cracking down on corruption within Teamsters.

The review board has also reportedly forwarded its recommended charges against the Slawsons to the U.S. Justice and Labor Departments for possible criminal prosecution or civil action.

The Slawsons, who are now on unpaid leave from the union, used to lead Local 120, one of Teamsters’ regional unions that is based in Minnesota and has 11,661 members in five states, according to the Star Tribune. Teamsters stripped the Slawsons of their leadership positions in November, after the review board completed an investigation into Local 120.

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