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UAW Seeks to Reverse GM Plant Closure Decisions

Officials say they've done it before, they can do it again.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jan.21, 2019

The UAW protested before and during the annual NAIAS Charity Preview, in hopes to changing GM's opinion about the plant closures.

The United Auto Workers has succeeded in reversing plant closing decisions in the past and union leaders believe they can pressure General Motors Co. into reversing its decision to close factories in the United States and Canada.

Frank Stuglin, a member of the UAW’s executive board from the region in which GM plans to shutter two plants, said in an interview Friday night during a union rally outside the “Red Carpet” Charity Preview for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the union has succeeded in the past in reversing plant-closing decisions by GM and Chrysler.

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“We kept open the plants in Orion Township, Michigan, and in Sterling Heights, Michigan, when they were supposed to close,” said Stuglin, referring to the plants the UAW succeeded in protecting even after they were ordered shut during the 2008-09 recession. (more…)

Union, Activists Plan GM Protests Outside Charity Preview

Rally to call to light unfairness of plant shutdowns.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jan.17, 2019

The UAW plans to hold a candlelight vigil outside of the NAIAS charity preview to protest GM's planned plant closures.

The Union Auto Workers and union activists are planning demonstration ahead of North American International Auto Show charity preview to protest General Motors’ plans to close five plants.

The UAW is organizing a candlelight vigil at the Labor Monument on Jefferson a short distance from Cobo Center, starting at 4:30 p.m. “Recent announcements from GM concerning plants in the U.S. will have a devastating effect on members of the UAW family,” the union said in announcing the vigil.

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The union, along with Unifor, the union representing autoworkers in Canada, has been waging a letter-writing campaign to protest GM’s plans to close five assembly and manufacturing plants in the U.S. (more…)

Unifor Puts Pressure on GM in New Advertising Campaign

Ads have a pointed message for the company.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jan.02, 2019

Unifor President Jerry Dias said the new advertising campaign is designed to get GM to change its mind about the Oshawa, Ontario plant.

Unifor, the union representing autoworkers in Canada, has launched an advertising campaign attacking General Motors’ decision to shutter plants and idle workers.

Jerry Dias, Unifor president, the successor to the old CAW, hase advertising campaign objective is to force GM to reconsider the decision to idle an assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, on an industrial site with a history of vehicle building stretching back more than 100 years.

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The Unifor ads are scheduled to appear in Canada and the U.S. and appeared even as GM was airing an expensive advertising campaign during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays that featured GM “employees,” touting Chevrolets. (more…)

UAW Attacks GM as Trump Signs “New” NAFTA Deal

Trump in Argentina for G20 Summit.

by Joseph Szczesny on Nov.30, 2018

The leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada sign the "new" NAFTA in Argentina.

The United Auto Workers renewed its attack on General Motors as leaders from the U.S., Mexico and Canada used the G20 Summit in Argentina for the back drop for officially signing a new North American Free Trade Agreement that was negotiated last summer but still must be approved by the U.S.

President Donald Trump joined the leaders of Canada and Mexico at a global meeting in Argentina for the signing of the deal, fulfilling a longstanding political promise with a deal he celebrated as a “groundbreaking achievement.”

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UAW President Gary Jones, however, said GM’s announcement of the closure of five of its factories in the U.S. demonstrates that the new trade pact does not go far enough in protecting the interest of workers in the U.S. (more…)

More UAW, FCA Officials Sentenced in Bribery Scandal

Borman declared no leniency for defendants.

by Joseph Szczesny on Nov.07, 2018

The UAW long tried to maintain a squeaky clean reputation, but the scandal has sorely tarnished its image.

Two former Fiat Chrysler Automobile N.V. officials and one former leader of the United Auto Workers have been sentenced to prison terms, ranging from 12 months to 15 months, for their part in a conspiracy to violate federal labor law.

The sentences imposed on FCA’s Michael Brown and Jerome Durden as well as the UAW’s Keith Mickens come more than two years after the federal government announced indictments triggered by a scheme in which FCA officials used subterfuge to bribe union officials in a bid to secure labor peace.

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Former FCA Vice President Alphons Iacobelli, a central figure in the case, was sentenced to five and a half years in a federal prison, while Monica Morgan, the widow of former UAW VP General Holiefield, one of the central figures in the scheme, was sentenced to 18 months prison earlier this year after pleading guilty to federal tax charges.

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Proposed Class-Action Suit Against FCA, UAW Dismissed

Judge says plaintiffs haven't exhausted contractual remedies yet.

by Joseph Szczesny on Aug.30, 2018

Former UAW President Dennis Williams maintained that the collective bargaining process between the UAW and FCA wasn't tainted.

A U.S. District Court has dismissed a proposed class action by autoworkers against car maker Fiat Chrysler and the United Automobile Workers that claimed the company and union colluded to sacrifice workers’ interests during collective bargaining.

The judge, following a long line of precedents, ruled that the workers who brought the suit have not exhausted contractual remedies and internal procedures to address their grievances against the company and the union.

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The lawsuit, filed by three UAW members, claims the union’s FCA contract was skewed in the automaker’s favor by the corruption of two top negotiators and alleges millions of dollars in dues collected from union members were “wasted on tainted bargaining.” (more…)

Former FCA Executive Gets 5.5 Years in Prison

Conviction comes after intense federal investigation.

by Michael Strong on Aug.27, 2018

Alphons Iacobelli, right, was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for his role in the FCA-UAW training fund scandal.

A former senior executive from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Alphons Iacobelli, was sentenced to five and half years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme aimed at influencing decisions by the United Automobile Workers union.

Federal investigators found that Iacobelli, who headed FCA’s labor relations staff until 2015, and others stole money from the joint FCA-UAW National Training Center for their personal benefit and lavish items, such as a used Ferrari and $35,000 Mont Blanc pens.

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The money was also used for travel, home improvements and to pay the mortgage of General Holiefield, a former UAW vice president, who headed the union’s Chrysler Department from 2006 to 2014 when the scandal was in full flower.  (more…)

Daimler Truck Inks 6-Year Deal with UAW Workers

New deal includes raises and lump-sum payments.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jul.30, 2018

Daimler Trucks North America reached a new six-year deal with its 6,000 hourly workers in the U.S.

Daimler AG and the United Auto Workers confirmed workers have approved a new six-year labor contract that covers more than 6,000 employees in the United States.

“Daimler Trucks North America is very pleased that UAW members at six of our U.S. manufacturing and distribution locations have voted to ratify new collective bargaining agreements,” Daimler AG said in a statement.

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“The agreements represent the continuation of a long and fruitful relationship between the UAW and DTNA, and we are proud to renew our partnership with them for another six years.” (more…)

Feds Get Another UAW Official to Plead Guilty in Query

Investigators nab former Holiefield assistant.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jul.24, 2018

Nancy Adams Johnson, right, is the highest ranking UAW official to plead guilty in the ongoing investigation into the theft of UAW-FCA training funds.

The highest-ranking United Auto Workers official implicated in a federal corruption investigation into the misuse of funds for a joint UAW-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles initiative pleaded guilty to felony.

Nancy Adams Johnson, a former top official in the UAW’s FCA Department, pleaded guilty to violating federal statutes prohibiting union officials from receiving cash or other emoluments from any employer. Adams Johnson also agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors looking into the misuse of training funds, but still could face up to 18 months in prison.

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While unelected, Adams Johnson’s appointment as the top assistant first to the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield and later UAW Vice President Norwood Jewel makes her the highest ranked UAW official implicated. She was also a member of the joint training center’s board of directors. (more…)

Holiefield’s Widow Gets 18 Months in Jail in FCA Scandal

Morgan also paying 100K in restitution.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jul.16, 2018

Monica Morgan, the widow of former UAW VP General Holiefield, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for her role in the FCA-UAW scandal.

The widow of a former top United Auto Workers official was sentenced to 18 months in jail for tax evasion uncovered during a federal investigation of the illicit diversion from training funds set up jointly by the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Monica Morgan, 55, the widow of General Holiefield, the late UAW Vice President, who was at the center of the training-center scandal, was handed the jail time by a federal judge in Detroit.

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Holiefield headed the UAW’s Chrysler Department from 2006 until his retirement in 2014 and has been described by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne as critical to the company’s comeback. Holiefield died in 2015. (more…)