Steelworkers President in Northern Indiana Sentenced for Theft

On August 29, Donn Pendergrass, former president of United Steelworkers Local 1191, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to two years of probation for embezzling funds from the Mishawaka, Ind.-based union. He also was ordered to pay $33,435 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Pendergrass had pleaded guilty in May after being charged last December. The union represented workers at the now-closed Allegheny Technologies metal casting plant in LaPorte. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.