Lichtenwald Resigns All Offices

Bill Lichtenwald is no longer a Central States Fund Trustee and is leaving his union positions with Toledo Local 20, Joint Council 41, and the Ohio Conference. He has even forfeited his status as a delegate to the IBT Convention in late June.

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Lichtenwald was blasted in a corruption report issued by the Independent Review Board last September, and then was told to resign as a trustee of the pension fund by the Department of Labor. He’s been a lame duck since then and is now taking retirement.

Gary Dunham, the president to Cedar Rapids Iowa Local 238, was appointed to fill the vacancy as a trustee of the pension fund and has been vetted by the Department of Labor and is now seated, as of June 6.

The corruption report provided a detailed look at the workings of the Ohio Conference and Lichtenwald’s role as its president. Conference board meeting minutes show very little done to benefit members, with most meetings approving Christmas bonuses or extra per diem payments for officers, parties, golf clubs, a free trip to the Las Vegas Teamster Convention for an ex-officer, and other perks.

The report also noted that Lichtenwald never even saw the checks issued over his name. The Conference staffer had a stamp to sign his name, as well as one for the secretary-treasurer. When Lichtenwald was asked at his deposition if the Conference had an attorney on retainer, he replied he didn’t know. But his name was on $10,000 monthly checks to the law firm. The report details a complete lack of financial controls; the three trustees admitted they don’t review any financial records.


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  • followed this page 2016-10-25 11:23:21 -0400
  • commented 2016-06-19 19:28:26 -0400
    I agree with you Billy, they all do it when they get caught in the cookie jar or doing something totally morally disgusting, they all say it, they need to spend time with their families so they need to leave office. Open up the books then and we will find this man is a thief.
  • commented 2016-06-18 00:36:27 -0400
    Tracy McBee I don’t give a dam about what you have to say anyone that is with CSPF is a dam thief so take your comment and stick where the sun don’t shine
  • commented 2016-06-18 00:36:26 -0400
    Tracy McBee I don’t give a dam about what you have to say anyone that is with CSPF is a dam thief so take your comment and stick where the sun don’t shine
  • commented 2016-06-18 00:36:26 -0400
    Tracy McBee I don’t give a dam about what you have to say anyone that is with CSPF is a dam thief so take your comment and stick where the sun don’t shine
  • commented 2016-06-17 19:03:58 -0400
    Ok but your comment holds zero merit. He didn’t steal a single penny from retirees or anyone else for that matter. You’re lodging opinions against a person you don’t know based on nothing more than inflated TDU articles and media proporganda. Did you read the reports? I know there are a lot of big words so I’ll make it easier for you. He wasn’t charged with anything.
  • commented 2016-06-17 17:34:31 -0400
    When there is big money money involved there is always corruption. We should always have a watch dog and change the committees’ often.
  • commented 2016-06-17 10:29:53 -0400
    First off, it’s BYE not BUY. Second, please explain how he got away with “so much money that belonged to the retirees”. Are you filled with such ignorance that you believe in his few months in a NON PAYING board position, that they added his name to the account and he went on a shopping spree?!? The letters of CS being in the red have been sent out for YEARS. This didn’t happen overnight or by his doing. The government passing free trade agreements and sending good paying jobs overseas is what did this. Clearly common sense isn’t so common!
  • commented 2016-06-16 16:06:34 -0400
    Once again need to say the rank & members local 20 kept re-electing this man for years and Les Singer before him…Now in 2016 yinz elect Hoffa/Hall gonna get what you deserve…
  • commented 2016-06-16 04:33:03 -0400
    It is sickening that he got away with so much money that belonged to the retirees. With no remorse, he will be retired enjoying what should have belonged to others. This is NO punishment. He should have to pay back everything that was spent beyond normal payments
  • commented 2016-06-16 01:41:54 -0400
    Is he subject to prosecution for any of his misdeeds? I certainly hope so.

    Is there anyone honest at CSPF and/or Teamsters?
  • commented 2016-06-15 18:38:03 -0400
    Well buy you asshole
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