Posts tagged UAW

    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,

    Former UAW Official Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison For Embezzling Over $2 Million in Union Funds

    July 28, 2022 // Timothy Edmunds, the former Financial Secretary Treasurer of Local 412 of the United Auto Workers union, was sentenced to 57 months in prison today based on his convictions for embezzling $2.1 million in union funds and for money laundering announced U.S. Attorney Dawn N. Ison. Evidence indicates that Edmunds used portions of the proceeds of his embezzlement to gamble extensively, to purchase firearms, various high-end vehicles, and to purchase cocaine. For example, between 2018 and 2020, Edmunds used the UAW Local 412 debit card to make over $30,000 in unauthorized withdrawals at the Greektown Casino.

    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,

    AFL-CIO Blocks Debate on Union Democracy Reforms – Amazon Labor Union & Starbucks Workers Excluded from Convention – Shuler Criticizes AFL-CIO Organizing Approach

    June 16, 2022 // Debate on Democratizing the AFL-CIO is Blocked Prior to the convention, the Vermont AFL-CIO submitted a motion that would allow for every member of the labor movement to vote on electing the leadership of the national AFL-CIO. Many unions, such as the Teamsters, the UAW, the Steelworkers, and NewsGuild allow their rank-and-file members to vote on leadership. In contrast, the leadership of the AFL-CIO is selected by a body of 500 delegates. David Van Dussen,

    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