WICHITA, Kansas – District Lodge 70 President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Frank Molina Jr., has been suspended.
“We are doing a full investigation, yes,” says National IAMAW spokesman Frank Larkin. “We would use the word investigation.”
More than a hundred local union workers, at Wichita’s largest local aerospace union, gathered at the Wichita headquarters for an official briefing on Monday.
“I don’t have all the facts, basically,” said Wichita resident Larry Voris as he left the meeting. “They didn’t tell us everything so I thought I might learn all that today, but they didn’t really didn’t talk about it.”
What they did do, was brief members as to what is happening.
The IAMAW national team says it is leading an investigation into the Wichita union. That national spokesman also confirmed there is concern that Wichita leadership has spent too much money. They also claim union leaders in Wichita are spending money without proper approval.
“None of that is true,” Frank Molina Jr. told KSN today.
While Molina Jr. did not want to give an interview, he did say the allegations are not true.
National union leaders say Molina Jr. will remain suspended while the investigation continues. It could take more than a month to come to final conclusions as to whether or not Molina Jr. will stay on as District Lodge 70 President.