Posts tagged Ray Curry

    UAW leaders’ salaries going up, but percentage increase isn’t as high as in 2018

    August 12, 2022 // Rather than listing the actual salaries as was the case previously, the 2018 document provided a formula, or multiplier, used to calculate the individual salaries for top leaders. The result, according to union activist Scott Houldieson, was that delegates at that year's convention were left to figure out that the salaries were being boosted by about 31%. UAW Local 551, Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, 3% raise, Frank Stuglin is secretary-treasurer, and Cindy Estrada, Terry Dittes and Chuck Browning are the vice presidents, although Estrada and Dittes are retiring,

    Auto Workers Turn a Corner for Strike Pay and Democracy

    August 4, 2022 // Reformers in the Auto Workers won day one strike pay at the union’s constitutional convention in Detroit last week. They also forced open debate on the top concession that has weakened the union in the last 15 years—tiered contracts that condemn newer workers to lower pay and benefits beside “legacy” workers doing the same job. This was the first UAW convention since a leadership corruption scandal erupted, reformers won a member referendum last fall to adopt one-member-one-vote for top officers, and the auto industry began a serious transition to electric vehicles. Held every four years, the meeting has usually been a stale coronation of leaders. A newly organized reform movement turned the convention into a rowdy debate that, for moments, even overruled the top union leaders. Jessie Kelly, Yasin Mahdi, Willie Holmes, Mass Caucus,

    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.

    UAW delegates, in departure from past, make nominations for top offices

    July 28, 2022 // For the first time, delegates from union locals around the country walked to microphones and nominated candidates for the union’s top offices, including president, secretary-treasurer and vice president. They didn’t actually pick the leaders. That will happen later this year when members get to cast ballots, a result of the changes brought about by the consent decree with the government resulting from the corruption scandal. Margaret Mock, LaShawn English, Brian Keller, Jim Coakley, John Guinan, Frank Stuglin,

    Opinion: The UAW’s Culture of Corruption

    July 25, 2022 // The settlement came after a yearslong investigation found top union officials guilty of embezzling hundreds of thousands of members’ dues money and other funds to bankroll leaders’ opulent lifestyles. Court documents describe parties with top-shelf liquor and stays at five-star resorts. mishandling of a sum of cash,

    Federal monitor accuses UAW of concealing misconduct probe

    July 22, 2022 // Attorney Dawn Ison told the union that it was violating a court order by concealing the information, and the UAW has been behaving properly since, Barofsky wrote. But he wrote that the union was obstructing him. “The union’s concealment of evidence of the misconduct of one of its leaders and its own investigation into that misconduct interfered with the monitor’s ability to carry out his work,” Barofsky wrote. Treasury Department's special inspector general, Troubled Assets Relief Program, Judge David Lawson, Detroit,

    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,

    UAW, more than 60 workers at non-union automakers eye organizing push

    June 28, 2022 // Amid a nationwide surge in worker momentum and public support for unions, the United Auto Workers is making a renewed push to build on-the-ground interest in organizing non-unionized auto plants. More than 60 workers at 10 automakers that don't have contracts with the UAW met late last month in Birmingham, Alabama, to discuss how to organize plants across the country, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada told The Detroit News. Steve Cochran, Susan Schurman,