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Union leader finds loose slots in Vegas.

vegas babyI know this isn’t news, but a Teamster, the president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (55,000 members) has been arrested for accepting bribes.

The AP reports:

Edward Rodzwicz, who heads the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, is accused of soliciting and accepting $20,000 in bribes from a St. Louis lawyer. In exchange, prosecutors say, Rodzwicz allowed the lawyer to remain on a list of attorneys approved to handle injury cases for union members. That attorney was supposed to be removed from the list due to alleged ethical violations. […]

The complaint alleges that Rodzwicz accepted a $10,000 cash payment from the attorney on April 28 in Las Vegas. After sending a letter allowing the attorney to keep the designation, Rodzwicz accepted a second $10,000 payment in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 16, according to prosecutors. Federal agents arrested Rodzwicz on Tuesday at his home in Avon, Ohio.

If Rodwicz is convicted, he faces a possible fine of $500,000 and up to 15 years in prison.

If this were actually news, I would say something about how a lot of things “stay in Vegas.”  If this were actually news, I would say that accepting bribes when you are the head of a 55,000 person union is not one of those things. But this isn’t news. I mean, its just a Teamster getting arrested.

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