The UAW corruption scandal
Former UAW VP Joe Ashton gets wrist-slap prison term as workers confront rampant COVID-19 in auto plants
By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2020
Ashton, who pocketed $250,000 in kickbacks, is being sent to a country club prison with a seven-month delay for COVID-19 while workers are forced to confront the exploding pandemic every day in the factories.
UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, corporatist body at the center of union corruption scandal, sold for $34 million
By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2020
The Center for Human Resources and other joint program centers, funded with millions of dollars in corporate cash, epitomized the role of the UAW as a corporatist appendage of the auto companies.
By Jerry White, 13 October 2020
Decades of union collaboration in the destruction of jobs and promotion of economic nationalism have created conditions for the extreme right to recruit and find support.
Former UAW President Dennis Williams pleads guilty to embezzlement, facing slap-on-the-wrist sentence
By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2020
The charges Dennis Williams pled guilty to are mild considering the pervasive nature of the corruption and swindling that he oversaw during his long tenure as UAW secretary treasurer and later president.
By Carl Bronski, 10 September 2020
While autoworkers are pressing for a fight against job cuts, speed-up, declining real wages and discriminatory two-tier wages, Unifor is maneuvering to impose further concessions.
“These same conditions exist all over the world”
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee defends immigrant workers at Indiana parts plant, opposes back-to-school drive
By Tim Rivers, 26 August 2020
Workers at the plant are refusing leadership positions on the shop floor and others are leaving the factory in response to forced overtime and the disregard of medical work restrictions.
By Jessica Goldstein and Marcus Day, 25 August 2020
The potential agreement would stop short of a full federal takeover of the UAW under the RICO Act, skirting the type of government trusteeship which the Teamsters union underwent following its prosecution in the late 1980s.
By Tom Hall, 20 August 2020
The prominent role of the United Auto Workers at the convention underscores the reliance of the Democratic Party on the gangster-ridden unions to suppress the resistance of the working class to wage and job cutting and the homicidal back-to-work campaign.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 August 2020
The company's so-called "safety measures," implemented with the support of the UAW, have been completely ineffective at halting the spread of the virus.
By Jessica Goldstein, 8 August 2020
Region 2-B Director Richard Rankin presided over major attacks on workers, including the closure of the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant in 2019.
By Shannon Jones, 7 August 2020
From top executives to low-level functionaries, the entire UAW stands exposed as a criminal conspiracy directed against autoworkers.
By Tom Hall, 5 August 2020
The new documents contain allegations of massive corruption on the part of the UAW, exceeding anything brought to light so far by the parallel criminal probe by the FBI.
As union works with companies to beat back wildcat strikes
By Tom Hall, 2 July 2020
There are signs of growing pressure within the state to shut down the investigation, with officials worried that this airing of the union’s dirty laundry could serve to further encourage rebellion.
By Tom Hall, 17 June 2020
Whatever the friction between the US Attorney’s office and the UAW, both share as their central aim the suppression of the rising tide of opposition among autoworkers.
By Tom Hall, 4 June 2020
Jones’ guilty plea brings the UAW corruption scandal to a new stage.
By Zac Thorton, 13 March 2020
The vote is the latest in a string of defeated unionization votes by the UAW in Tennessee, including Volkswagen in Chattanooga and Nissan in Smyrna.
University of California graduate student strike: A struggle against the United Auto Workers and the Democratic Party
By Tom Hall, 7 March 2020
For two months, UC graduate students and teaching assistants have engaged in a wildcat strike, rebelling against the UAW to demand cost of living adjustments in one of the most expensive states in the US.
Former UAW President Gary Jones indicted as federal prosecutors raise prospect of government takeover
By Shannon Jones, 6 March 2020
In a press conference following the unsealing of the indictment of Jones, US Attorney Matthew Schneider indicated that the government was still considering a federal takeover of the United Auto Workers.
By Jerry White, 27 February 2020
From 1983 to 1995, Bieber presided over the final demise of the UAW as an organization that conducted a limited defense of the day-to-day interests of autoworkers and its transformation into what it is today: a direct arm of corporate management.
Striking University of California-Santa Cruz grad students defy UAW, arrests and threats of termination
By Stewart Bernays and David Brown, 18 February 2020
UC president and former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano threatened to fire striking workers and demanded that they honor the contract imposed by the UAW.
Net draws closer around Dennis Williams and Gary Jones
By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2020
Pearson’s testimony brings the federal corruption probe one step closer to a racketeering lawsuit and the possible federal takeover of the union.
“GM routinely negotiates similar deals with the UAW”
By Jerry White, 30 January 2020
Fiat Chrysler filed a motion to dismiss the GM lawsuit alleging it gained an unfair competitive advantage by bribing United Auto Workers officials.
By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2020
The appointment of UAW Region 1D director Gerald Kariem to head the union’s Ford department elevates another long-time bureaucrat into the top leadership.
Feds subpoena security camera footage and visitor logs in investigation of July fire at Detroit UAW headquarters
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 December 2019
The details of the subpoena were revealed just two weeks after US Attorney Matthew Schneider said government oversight of the UAW was a “definite possibility” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
“They are jamming this down our throats:” Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW for rushing vote on sellout contract
By Jerry White, 10 December 2019
Just days after dumping the thousand-page contract on its web site, the UAW is holding a series of snap votes which it plans to conclude by Wednesday.
UAW keeps FCA workers in the dark on contract talks, painting corruption exposures as “outside distractions”
By Marcus Day, 28 November 2019
In a letter to FCA workers Monday, UAW-FCA Vice President Cindy Estrada attempted to pretend as if the corruption scandal had no bearing on otherwise pristine negotiations.
By Jerry White, 25 November 2019
The resignation of Pearson follows last week’s departure of union president Gary Jones and the explosive lawsuit by GM, which described the UAW as an “FCA-controlled enterprise.”
UAW President Gary Jones resigns as GM lawsuit charges that UAW is a “controlled enterprise” of Fiat Chrysler
By Jerry White, 21 November 2019
Jones’ resignation came after the UAW International Executive Board, in an act of damage control, took measures to remove and expel him.
By Tom Hall, 15 November 2019
The measures amount to window dressing, implemented by the members of the same criminal bureaucracy.
From the archive of the WSWS
By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2019
The article, first published in 2015, details the corporatist degeneration of the UAW and its transformation into a bribed tool of management.
By Tom Hall, 8 November 2019
The United Auto Workers is currently trying to ram through a concessions contract at Ford following the shutdown of the GM strike, even as its president faces imminent charges for stealing workers’ money.
By Marcus Day, 7 November 2019
Ashton, the highest-ranking UAW official charged in the corruption investigation, is accused of overseeing a multi-million dollar kickback scheme through GM’s Center for Human Resources.
Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds
By Jerry White, 5 November 2019
Details in the indictment against Jones confidante Edward N. Robinson indicate that the FBI likely has undercover recordings of Jones ordering Robinson to destroy evidence and take the fall for him, according to the Detroit News.
By Marcus Day, 4 November 2019
The UAW-Ford deal allows for an unlimited number of buyouts of older production workers, facilitating a vast expansion of lower-paid temporary workers.
By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2019
The latest allegations, involving the embezzlement of $1.5 million in dues money, follow the shutdown of the GM strike as the UAW attempts to ram through a pro-company agreement with Ford.
“I really don’t believe it… It was so shady”
By Shannon Jones, 26 October 2019
Bitterness and anger are brewing after the UAW shut down the 40-day strike by 48,000 General Motors workers and announced the ratification of a concessions contract.
By Jerry White, 23 October 2019
The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.
By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2019
UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is now headed to prison for taking illegal payouts from Fiat Chrysler.
By Shannon Jones, 11 October 2019
There is nothing in the biography of Dittes that suggests that this longtime UAW bureaucrat is anything but a loyal hand raiser for the corrupt Solidarity House bureaucracy.
By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019
The UAW and GM are putting the finishing touches on their plan to sell their concessions deal.
From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
By Tom Mackaman, 24 September 2019
Walter Reuther’s biography has much to teach workers about the transformation of the trade unions into reactionary adjuncts of the corporations and the government.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 September 2019
Pietrzyk sat on the 2011 UAW-GM National Negotiating Committee, which pushed through a miserable sellout contract that maintained a pay freeze and the hated two-tier system.
UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire
By Tom Hall, 14 September 2019
With only hours to go before the expiration of the auto contract, the current and former presidents of the UAW have been exposed as gangsters and the “union” as a criminal syndicate.
On eve of contract expiration: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement
By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019
The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against Jones.
BREAKING: UAW President Gary Jones, former President Williams are unnamed co-conspirators in latest corruption charges, Detroit News reports
By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019
The Detroit News reported Friday that Jones and Williams are “UAW Official A” and “UAW Official B” in Thursday’s criminal complaint against UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson.
By Tom Hall, 12 September 2019
The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against UAW President Gary Jones.
By Jerry White, 10 September 2019
Organizations and publications in and around the UAW apparatus have responded to the expanding corruption scandal by trying to buttress its political stranglehold over autoworkers.
Ten days before contract expiration, top aide to UAW GM negotiators pleads guilty to taking $2 million in kickbacks
By Jerry White, 5 September 2019
The plea deal comes as GM CEO Mary Barra is set to meet with President Trump to discuss the upcoming contract battle by autoworkers.
“It’s our time”: US autoworkers denounce UAW corruption, vow to fight as contract deadline approaches
By our reporter, 3 September 2019
The exposure of widespread corruption in the United Auto Workers leadership has only hardened the resolve of US autoworkers to make gains in the upcoming contract fight.
Autoworkers conclude near-unanimous strike votes as corruption scandal targets charity run by UAW president
By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2019
Strike votes over the past week have registered autoworkers’ determination to fight, with near unanimous votes in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky, from 94 to 99 percent to authorize a strike.
By Jerry White, 29 August 2019
The raids occur on the eve of a contract battle by autoworkers who are equally hostile to the auto companies and the bribed UAW.
“There’s a lot of people who are ready to get rid of them”
By Marcus Day, 26 August 2019
The expansion of the corruption scandal to UAW officials for GM has brought to the surface the simmering anger of workers over decades of union-enforced concessions.
“It’s ludicrous the way they treat the temps”
By Debra Watson, 22 August 2019
Workers at the Big Three in the US begin voting today to authorize strike action if no agreement is reached on deal when their contracts expire next month.
By Jerry White, 21 August 2019
A lifelong UAW functionary on the payroll of the union’s International staff for 28 years, Ashton epitomizes the social layer at the head of the so-called “American labor movement.”
By Jerry White, 20 August 2019
Ashton would be the highest-ranking UAW officer implicated in the corruption scandal that has already led to the conviction of UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell and three other top UAW officials on the 2015 UAW-Chrysler Bargaining Committee.
By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2019
Less than one month remains before the expiration of contracts covering 155,000 US auto workers, and there is growing rank-and-file outrage over rampant union corruption.
By Tom Hall, 16 August 2019
Michael Grimes took nearly $2 million in kickbacks for himself and fellow bureaucrats, according to federal investigators.
By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2019
Workers contrasted the lenient treatment handed out to Norwood Jewell with the brutal conditions they face every day in the factories compounded by the ever-present threat of layoffs.
By Shannon Jones, 6 August 2019
The former head of the union’s Fiat Chrysler department was sentenced to 15 months in a minimum-security prison for his role in the illegal bribery scheme.
“Paid for by Fiat Chrysler:” Prosecutors outline UAW corruption for Norwood Jewell sentencing hearing
By Tom Hall, 1 August 2019
Jewell will be the highest ranking UAW official sentenced in the ongoing federal corruption probe of the UAW and FCA and one of eight union or company officials to have been convicted.
By Jerry White, 10 April 2019
The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.
“If the UAW was bought, we should get it all back”
By Jerry White, 3 April 2019
Norwood Jewell is the highest UAW official to be convicted thus far in the case, involving Fiat Chrysler paying union officials to sign pro-company labor agreements.
By Jerry White, 2 April 2019
Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is expected to plead guilty today for taking tens of thousands in bribes in exchange for imposing a pro-company deal on 37,000 Fiat Chrysler workers in 2015.
By Jerry White, 22 March 2019
Throughout months of supposed negotiations and the campaign to sell the concessions contract to workers, Jewell and other UAW negotiators were on the payroll of Fiat Chrysler.
By Jerry White, 19 March 2019
Norwood Jewell is the highest United Auto Workers official to be indicted to date in the corruption scandal engulfing the entire organization.
“Think of how many lives and families were ruined”
By Marcus Day, 19 March 2019
The announcement of charges against former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell has provoked widespread disgust and anger among workers.
By Shannon Jones, 19 March 2019
In an exchange of tweets between Trump, General Motors and UAW officials over the weekend, the billionaire president called for reopening the UAW contract to “save” the Lordstown plant.
Detroit auto show protest over GM plant closings
By Shannon Jones, 22 January 2019
At no point in her brief remarks did Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib mention the GM plant closures, let alone call for opposition.
By Shannon Jones, 21 December 2018
Nancy Johnson, a top aide to former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, was sentenced to one year in prison for the illegal use of a credit card issued by the Chrysler-UAW National Training Center.
By Jerry White, 20 December 2018
Congresswoman-elect Tlaib and the other speakers accepted GM's destruction of jobs as an accomplished fact.
By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2018
After being fired, Ami Reveal, a veteran GM worker, went to the union, desperate for help. She told the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, "What I got from the union was ‘do your job or else.’”
By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2018
Federal prosecutors are pointing to the systematic and pervasive character of the corruption revealed in the bribery scandal that has rocked the UAW leadership.
“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”
By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 3 November 2018
Allison Transmission workers in Indianapolis, Indiana are complaining about the outsourcing of jobs, speed-up and lack of representation by the United Auto Workers.
“This union is taking food out of my kid’s mouth”
By Marcus Day, 29 October 2018
Workers at Lear have described a regime of harassment and intimidation carried out jointly by management and the UAW.
By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2018
The 1,885-square-foot residence features granite countertops, cherry cabinets with a “chocolate glaze finish,” three and one half baths and a patio overlooking Black Lake.
By Jerry White, 21 September 2018
As autoworkers in Kokomo, Indiana and elsewhere come into struggle, the biggest obstacle they face is the corporatist and anti-working class United Auto Workers.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 August 2018
A sentencing memorandum directly links Fiat Chrysler payouts to the UAW to the effort to “obtain benefits, concessions and advantages in the negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 2 August 2018
The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter spoke with autoworkers in Chicago and Kokomo, Indiana about the corruption scandal which has wracked the United Auto Workers.
By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2018
The revelation that the just-retired UAW president authorized the illegal use of money from company-funded joint training centers demonstrates that the organization is engaged in a criminal conspiracy against auto workers.
By Shannon Jones, 14 July 2018
After pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegally diverted UAW-Chrysler training funds Monica Morgan faces just 18 months in jail, a $25,000 fine and one year supervised release.
“Everything they took from us needs to be returned, plus the money they stole”
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 June 2018
Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit spoke to the WSWS about the naming of the UAW as a “co-conspirator” in the corruption scandal.
As corruption scandal engulfs union, top execs get pay raise
By Jerry White, 14 June 2018
The four-day constitutional convention, which wraps up in Detroit today, was a showcase for the corruption of the UAW and its contempt for rank-and-file autoworkers.
By Shannon Jones, 12 June 2018
Outgoing union president Dennis Williams repeated the absurd claim that the bribing of UAW negotiators by Fiat Chrysler executives had no impact on the outcome of the 2015 labor agreements.
By Shannon Jones, 9 June 2018
The UAW 37th Constitutional Convention is being held against a backdrop of rising worker militancy under conditions where the union is more discredited than ever.
By Jerry White, 28 May 2018
Another former Fiat Chrysler executive pleads guilty in the corruption scandal engulfing the United Auto Workers union.
By Jessica Goldstein, 20 April 2018
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.
By Shannon Jones, 22 March 2018
Nancy Johnson, the number two UAW official overseeing the 2015 Fiat Chrysler negotiations, is charged with five felony counts related to receiving illegal payoffs from company officials.
By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2018
Keith Mickens, an aide to the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield, appears to have been a minor player in the scheme to illegally divert $4.5 million from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.
By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2018
Breaking their silence on the United Auto Workers corruption scandal, the pseudo-left organizations have chosen a prominent supporter of the Labor Notes publication to defend the UAW.
By Jerry White, 7 February 2018
The corruption revealed in the unfolding scandal is not an aberration, but expresses the very essence of the UAW.
“They chew you up and spit you out”
By our reporters, 6 February 2018
Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant reacted to the continuing revelations in the UAW corruption scandal and denounced abuses by the union and management.
By Jerry White, 5 February 2018
Fiat Chrysler threw a lavish party for Jewell, two months after the top administrative body of the UAW tagged him to lead negotiations with the automaker.
By our reporters, 2 February 2018
Autoworkers discussed the significance of the scandal and the Autoworker Newsletter’s call for the formation of rank-and-file committees, independent of the United Auto Workers union.
Workers demand nullification of contracts
By Shannon Jones, 1 February 2018
Former Fiat Chrysler chief negotiator Iacobelli named Jewell’s charity as the recipient of “prohibited payments” siphoned through the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.
By Jerry White, 31 January 2018
A legal complaint by three autoworkers charges the union with colluding to destroy wages and rights, and defrauding workers of hundreds of millions of dollars in union dues.
“Everybody wants to walk at our plant”
By Jerry White, 30 January 2018
In some plants autoworkers have discussed walking out on strike, insisting the contracts signed by corrupt UAW officials are null and void.
By Jerry White, 29 January 2018
Why should autoworkers accept the terms of a labor agreement signed by union officials on the payroll of the auto corporations?
By a WSWS reporting team, 29 January 2018
Autoworkers reacted angrily to the admission by former Fiat Chrysler negotiator Alphons Iacobelli that he paid $1.5 million to UAW officials to influence contract negotiations.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2018
Fiat Chrysler’s bribery of UAW officials involved in contract negotiations exposes the anti-working-class character of the entire trade union apparatus.
In plea deal with prosecutors
By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2018
According to a court filing Alphons Iacobelli paid $1.5 million to top UAW officials between 2009 and 2015 for the express purpose of influencing contract negotiations.