Machinists Local Secretary-Treasurer in Indiana Pleads Guilty

On November 13, Robert Stephenson, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 2903, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to omitting information on union financial reports related to his embezzlement of approximately $18,000 in local funds he diverted to his own personal use. The union is based in Westville, Ind., part of the Michigan City-LaPorte area, near Lake Michigan. The guilty plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.