Iowa Locomotive Engineers Ex-Local Secretary Sentenced

STEAM LOCOMOTIVEOn December 12, Kenneth Schmidt, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Local 656, was sentenced in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa District Court to a suspended five-year prison sentence and given instead three years of probation for theft from the Mason City-based union. He also will have to pay $1,373 in restitution and a $750 fine. He pled guilty in November. The sentence follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.