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Public worker union leader resigns amid misconduct investigation

AFSCME Council 5 thanked John Westmoreland for his service.

The leader of a union representing public employees in Minnesota has resigned amid an investigation into alleged misconduct.

The American Federation of State Council and Municipal Employees Council 5 (AFSCME) on Thursday confirmed that its executive director, John Westmoreland, has submitted his resignation.

"The council, all of its members and the employees we represent are grateful for the many years of commitment and sacrifice that John gave to this organization in service of the workers throughout the state of Minnesota,” the union said in a statement.

Westmoreland's resignation comes just over a month after it was revealed he was the subject of a misconduct investigation, which resulted in him being placed on leave.

MPR reported at the time the union was investigating "unspecific allegations" and had hired an "outside entity" to lead the investigation.

AFSCME Council 5 represents more than 43,000 public workers across Minnesota, and is part of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

In the wake of Westmoreland's resignation, Julie Bleyhl has been appointed the interim executive director, per the Star Tribune.

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