Bill Lichtenwald, under fire after a blistering report by the Independent Review Board (IRB) on his conduct as president of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, has resigned as a Trustee of the Central States Pension Fund. Many members and retirees say “good riddance!”
Reportedly, the US Department of Labor, after studying the IRB report, called for his resignation. As recently as a week ago, Lichtenwald traveled to meetings in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio to tell members the virtues of the pension cut plan.
Lichtenwald may have set a record for shortest tenure: he assumed the position on March 3 of this year.
The Central Region Review Board, which consists of one Teamster leader from each of the 11 states of the Central Region, will now choose a replacement Trustee. Reportedly Gary Dunham, the secretary treasurer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Local 238, will get the post.