Machinists group recommends continuing District 70 trusteeship

A committee recommended on Monday that the International Association of Machinists’ continue its oversight of the daily operations of the Wichita district office.

“The recommendation was to continue the trusteeship,” Machinists spokesman Frank Larkin said after a meeting on Monday. “So the investigation will continue.”

The District 70 Machinists headquarters, at 3830 S. Meridian, was placed into trusteeship nearly four weeks ago over the international union’s concerns about how the office was being run.

According to a copy of a letter from Machinists International President Robert Martinez Jr. obtained by The Eagle, the trusteeship action was initiated after Martinez was “informed … the Lodge is operating in a manner that is threatening the good and the welfare of the membership.”

The letter, dated Feb. 2, said specific “events or occurrences” prompted the trusteeship, including “mass overspending” and “no proper approval for Lodge expenses.”

Larkin said with the continuance, District 70 could continue operating under trusteeship for as many as 60 more days.

District 70 Machinists comprise a number of local lodges in and around Wichita, including ones that represent Machinists at Spirit AeroSystems as well as at Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet.

It supports about 8,000 area Machinists members.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark