December 11, 2007: Charged with embezzling $58,000 in members’ money,
BLET president Don Hahs has made a settlement with the International
Union for a six-month suspension. This deal, however, has not yet been
In September, the Independent Review Board (IRB) charged Hahs, the
president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, with
embezzling union funds.
Hahs admits that he spent the money on everything from Cleveland
Cavalier season tickets to a fishing expedition to Alaska. His
excuse—former BLET presidents have done the same for years.
On Nov. 28, Hahs signed a deal with Hoffa to take a six-month suspension
from his office, and to repay all the embezzled funds. Hahs was supposed
to have his case heard by a Teamster panel on Dec. 3.
The case is not closed yet. The IRB still has to approve or reject Hahs’
deal. The IRB can send the deal back to the Teamsters for a harsher
From 2004 to 2006, the IRB Chief Investigator charged that Hahs spent
$47,880 on tickets to Cleveland Cavs basketball games. Hahs kept the
tickets in his desk, and he only gave them out to other BLET employees
“at the last minute when he could not use the tickets himself,”
according to the IRB.
The IRB charges also include:
|A three-day fishing trip in
Alaska. Hahs was in Alaska for one day for a meeting then
cut out for a fishing trip.