Ex-Seattle Boss, Football Star Dies

Arnie Weinmeister, the Pro-Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle who played for the N.Y. Giants in the 1950s and held a second career as head of a Seattle Teamsters union, died June 28 in Seattle of heart failure. After leaving football in 1956, Weinmeister became an organizer for IBT. He was director of the 13-state, Seattle-based Western Conference of Teamsters in the 1980-90s, which is same the IBT organization the corrupt boss David Beck ran in the 1950s. Weinmeister also served as IBT’s second vice president, and as IBT Joint Council 28’s president covering 20 Teamsters locals in Wash., Idaho and Alaska, and as IBT Local 117’s secretary-treasure in Seattle before retiring in 1992.  It’s safe to assume he drew income (double-dipped) from each of these posts.

In 1988, when the Dep’t of Justice filed a racketeering suit to remove IBT’s senior bosses, charging that it had made a “devil’s pact” with organized crime, it accused Weinmeister and the 17 other members of the executive board of failing to root out corruption. Under a 1989 consent decree, scores of union bosses were removed by overseers. Weinmeister remained in office. He said in a 1988 deposition that he had no knowledge of organized crime other than what he had read in the newspapers or had seen in the “Godfather” movies. [N.Y. Times 7/7/00]