Chicago-Area UAW Shop Chairman Pleads Guilty to Forgery; Sentenced

On March 5, Milton Thomas, former shop chairman of United Auto Workers Local 890, pleaded guilty in Cook County (Ill.) Circuit Court to one count of forgery in an amount of between $10,000 and $100,000 from the Morton Grove union. Thomas allegedly had made out unauthorized checks to himself and then forged disbursement vouchers to give the appearance of the checks going for legitimate business purposes. Immediately after, he was sentenced to two years of probation, and ordered to pay a $75 fine and submit to DNA indexing. Thomas had been indicted in March 2018 following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.