UTU Local Secretary-Treasurer in Buffalo Area Sentenced

On April 10, Joseph Grygorcewicz, former secretary-treasurer of United Transportation Union Local 1566, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to three years of probation and ordered to make full restitution for embezzling nearly $40,000 from the Tonawanda, N.Y.-based union during late 2009-early 2011. He also was ordered to undergo counseling for compulsive gambling. Grygorcewicz, a resident of Amherst, N.Y., had pleaded guilty last November. The union represents railroad workers in the Buffalo area. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.