Like with organizing drives and union elections, I don’t normally cover union-thugs getting arrested or pleading guilty to racketeering or violent crimes. But, sometimes a story will catch my eye that I will want to share with you, and this is one of them.
Robert Walston, the president of Teamster Local 743, who made $150,000/year from the Teamsters (thank you LM-2s), abruptly resigned from his job in the summer of 2007 incidating he wanted to spend more time with his family. What – is he a professional athlete or coach? Being a Local president is a routine job with routine hours. Apparently he wanted to spend more time with his family before being taken away to jail because just days after his announcement, his cohorts were charged by federal authorities with rigging two union elections in favor to Mr. Walston’s slate. But it doesn’t end there.
Mr. Walston was just charged with cocaine-trafficking after authorities in Texas seized $135,000 from him, which he intended to use to purchase the power.
What’s interesting about this story is that it’s just another example of corruption inside unions. Think what you want about bank CEOs and others who may make a lot of money running failing businesses, but they aren’t getting arrested for massive drug deals; they aren’t getting in trouble for rigging elections; they don’t have to lie about why they’re stepping down from their position; they don’t disgrace their extended family and friends; and with the exception of a few criminal masterminds, company owners don’t find themselves behind bars in federal prison.
On a related subject: Here is an old news video of the link between the Teamsters and the Mob from 1988 when the Federal Goverment tried to take over the Teamsters.