On February 18, Alton Alexander, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 2-479, pleaded guilty in the 8th District Court of Kalamazoo County, Michigan to one count of misdemeanor embezzlement in an amount of between $200 and $1,000 from the Plainwell, Mich.-based union. He then was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay $2,553 in restitution, $300 in probation costs and a $100 fine. He previously had paid restitution in the amount of $1,653. Alexander had been charged last September. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.