Posts tagged corruption

    UAW Accused of “Threatening and Intimidating” Members at Constitutional Convention

    August 5, 2022 // But reports show that attendees who questioned the union’s status quo were heckled, intimidated or drowned out. The main issue that arose between leadership and attendees was that the UAW did not want to increase pay for striking workers. The vote to raise strike pay passed initially, but UAW leaders then put it up for a reversal vote after many members had already left the convention, allowing the policy to be reversed before it ever took effect. Union leaders also pulled the same trick to give themselves raises after the vote was first denied. “Our leaders … do not represent the rank-and-file members of our union. They represent the interests of staff and leadership. They represent the interests of their friends,” said Daniel Vicente of Local 644. “They absolutely robbed us again. We’ve been robbed by the people in prison; we’re getting robbed by these leaders here.” Daniel Vicente of Local 644, Scott Houldieson,

    United Auto Workers Seek to Shed a Legacy of Corruption

    August 3, 2022 // A federal investigation discovered widespread corruption, with a dozen senior officers, together with two former presidents, convicted of embezzling greater than $1 million in union funds for luxurious journey and different lavish private bills. Since final 12 months, the union has been below the scrutiny of a court-appointed monitor charged with guaranteeing that anticorruption reforms are carried out.

    Ex-UAW execs convicted of corruption get out of prison early

    July 25, 2022 // Jones and Williams acknowledged they had used union funds for golf trips, expensive meals and stays at California villas. First Step Act, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, UAW members from across the U.S. are meeting in Detroit next week to nominate candidates for union leadership. A national election will be held in the fall, a direct result of the government’s corruption investigation.

    SEIU SUES OREGON EMPLOYEE FOR EXPOSING FORGERY

    July 18, 2022 // Staci Trees, an employee of Oregon Department of Transportation, resigned her union membership in December 2020, only to learn that SEIU intended to keep deducting regular dues from paychecks, claiming she had signed a membership agreement authorizing it to do so. When she asked to see the document, however, it was so obviously a forgery that even SEIU couldn’t defend its authenticity. Rebekah Millard, Gov. Kate Brown,

    Free at last: Carpenters union nearly rid of court-appointed monitor

    July 8, 2022 // Two consecutive presidents stepped down, one after allegations of misconduct, while the other cited “mistakes” from several years ago (he had worked off the books earlier in his career as a carpenter). The union also recently increased the monitor’s authority to bring charges against members with connections to organized crime. The change was partly inspired by the 2019 indictments against leaders of two local union chapters, who were charged with accepting bribes in exchange for union membership. Last year, a union leader retired after the monitor concluded that he should be removed from office; an investigation found that he had associated with a “barred” person at a golf event. Joseph Geiger, Glen McGorty, District Council, 421a expired,

    UAW members challenge Ray Curry for union presidency

    July 5, 2022 // Instituting direct elections of United Auto Workers' international officials is leading some members to step up and challenge President Ray Curry to the union's top role, even from within Solidarity House. Passage last year of the "one member, one vote" system by a referendum vote of the membership was brought on by a years-long corruption scandal, implicating 17 people, including two former UAW presidents. It's setting up a historic leadership selection process ahead of next year's critical contract negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers as their transition to electrification increasingly affects shop floors and as the union covers an increasingly diverse swath of members. court-appointed UAW monitor, Reuther or Administrative Caucus, pension and retirement health-care benefits, socialist,

    LA developer is first to go on trial in City Hall corruption scandal

    June 15, 2022 // Creed LA, in essence a coalition of labor unions, typically brings these kind of challenges to force developers into hiring union labor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Palmer told the jurors in her opening statement Tuesday. To avoid having their projects tied up for years in litigation, developers can negotiate a labor agreement with the unions that can cost them millions of dollars, Palmer said. George Esparza, Justin Kim, Andrew Civetti, EDVARD PETTERSSON

    Op-Ed: Ford in bed with UAW over card check campaign

    June 13, 2022 // The UAW with its years-long federal corruption trial is desperate for new members and revenue, and eagerly awaits a card check campaign. As we know in Michigan, once the UAW becomes embedded into a facility, they will never allow a recertification vote or any attempt by workers to decertify. Once voted in, workers are stuck with the UAW for generations to come. It will simply be forced upon them as a condition of employment. Over the last couple of decades, autoworkers in the South – when granted their right to a secret ballot – have demonstrated time after time that they are not interested in what the UAW has to offer. Those 11,000 future autoworkers in Kentucky and Tennessee deserve those same rights, freedoms, and protections

    OPINION: Hypocrisy, Corruption And Politicking At One Of LA’s Largest Labor Unions

    May 23, 2022 // AFSCME’s response to our lawsuit reveals that it could have stopped taking money out of Craine’s paycheck when he first made the request. That would not only have been the honest thing to do, but correct under the terms of the card Craine signed in 1999.