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NLRB Files Charges Against Tesla

Board claims Tesla's using illegal methods to keep UAW out.

by on Sep.01, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board filed charges against Tesla for illegally attempting to thwart UAW organizing efforts.

Tesla is facing a series of new charges from the National Labor Relations Board as pressure mounts to fill orders for its first mainstream vehicle, the Model 3.

The NLRB has charged electric car maker with violating worker rights for attempting to thwart an organizing campaign by the United Auto Workers.

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Tesla was charged by the NLRB’s Regional office in Oakland, California, with acts of intimidating and harassing workers and otherwise violating workers’ rights under federal labor law, the union noted in a statement, according to the NLRB complaint. (more…)

Another Former UAW Official Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme

King follows Durden's lead and pleads guilty.

by on Aug.31, 2017

Former UAW official Virdell King pleaded guilty to illegally accepting money and gifts from Fiat Chrysler.

The former assistant director of the United Auto Workers’ Chrysler Department, Virdell King, pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy charges stemming from her role in the massive bribery scheme that has engulfed Fiat Chrysler and the UAW.

King served as the chief lieutenant for UAW vice president General Holiefield. She was implicated to a scheme that centered on Holiefield and siphoned off millions of dollars in training funds into the pockets of select union and company officials. Holiefield died in 2015 and King is the most senior union official for far indicted in the federal probe.

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She faces potential jail time ranging from 16 month five years. Her sentence will be handed down in early January. (more…)

Ex-UAW Official Indicted in FCA-UAW Corruption Probe

Long-time UAW employee received designer shoes and clothes.

by on Aug.21, 2017

Virdell King, a former assistant director of the union’s Chrysler Department, allegedly accepted money and gifts from Fiat Chrysler.

A former official from the United Auto Workers has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit for criminal violations of federal labor statutes for taking bribes from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Virdell King, 65, of Detroit, Michigan, a former assistant director of the union’s Chrysler Department, was charged Friday with taking part in a multiyear conspiracy for UAW officials to accept money and things of value from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice said in court documents filed in Detroit.

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The money came from a UAW-FCA training fund controlled by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles labor relations staff and violated the Federal Labor Management Relations Act – Landrum Griffin – of 1958, which was drafted to prevent union officials from taking money and gifts from third parties outside the union. (more…)

FCA Analyst Pleads Guilty in UAW Scandal

UAW's Williams thinks scandal affected Nissan vote.

by on Aug.10, 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams believes the FCA-UAW scandal impacted the organizing vote at Nissan's plant in Mississippi.

One of two Fiat Chrysler officials charged with participating in conspiracy to defraud a joint FCA-UAW training fund of more than $2 million pleaded guilty in federal court and could face up to 37 months in prison when he is sentenced in December.

Jerome Durden, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, a felony, and one misdemeanor charge of failing to file a tax return for the approximately $4,000 he received in 2013 from the conspiracy. Durden allegedly used the money to pay a credit-card bill.

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Durden, who was a financial analyst at FCA, is expected to cooperate with prosecutors as they build their case against other conspirators, including Al Iacobelli, FCA’s former head of labor relations, and Monica Morgan, the wife of the late General Holiefield, former head of the UAW’s Fiat Chrysler department. (more…)

UAW Eyeing Production Levels at US Plants

Union officials about rising import levels.

by on Jul.21, 2017

GM CEO Mary Barra and UAW President Dennis Williams talk regularly about the number of vehicles GM imports from other countries, Williams said.

The United Auto Workers union is keeping an eye on General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles concerned about the potential threat to plants and jobs from slumping U.S. car sales and by increased imports from countries like China.

“We are talking to (GM) right now about the products that they currently have” at underused car plants such as Hamtramck in Michigan and Lordstown in Ohio, and whether they might be replaced with newer, more popular vehicles such as crossovers, UAW president Dennis Williams said.

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“We are tracking it (and) we are addressing it,” said Williams noting he meets quarterly with GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. The discussion about replacement products is ongoing. (more…)

UAW Sets Vote at Nissan’s Mississippi Plant

Long-awaited vote coming to fruition next month.

by on Jul.18, 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams is hoping a successful vote at Nissan's plant in Canton, Mississippi, will open more southern auto plants.

Workers at Nissan’s sprawling plant in Canton, Mississippi, are tentatively scheduled to vote early next month on whether the will be represented by the United Auto Workers.

The vote, which is scheduled for Aug. 3–4, will be a reprise of 2001 vote at Nissan’s assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, which was easily won by the company.

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The company and the union, however, have feuded for years about representation at the plant in Canton, which is located in a heavily African-American corner of Mississippi where Nissan maintains it has created new economic opportunities in one of the poorest regions of the country. (more…)

UAW Pushes for Organizing Vote at Nissan’s Mississippi Plant

Union faces several hurdles in its latest effort.

by on Jul.11, 2017

Danny Glover, spoke during a recent UAW rally in Canton, Mississippi. Photo credit: UAW.

After a long and often tortuous campaign, the United Auto Workers has filed for an election at Nissan’s sprawling assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.

The campaign began nearly a decade ago but has been stalled several times by Nissan’s efforts to organizing the workers at the plant. The UAW said little about the petition for a vote but generally the union has not asked for a vote unless it has surveys among workers indicate a majority of the workers support the union.

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However, the union faces several issues including the fact that a large percentage of workers in the plant are “temporary” employees, who are paid by an outside contractor. In the past, most of the support for the union has come from full-time employees, who have seen their terms of employment altered by the company. (more…)

Nissan Says “No” to UAW

Union wants talks to discuss organizing drive at Canton plant.

by on Mar.24, 2017

The UAW and Nissan are butting heads again over the maker's Canton, Mississippi, plant.

Nissan has rebuffed new efforts by the United Auto Workers Union to begin organizing the maker’s big assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.

The factory has landed at the center of the UAW’s attention as it struggles to kick-start long-stalled efforts to represent workers at the many foreign-assembly plants that have sprung up across the South in recent years. Following a March 4 rally outside the plant headlined by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the union demanded to meet with company officials to discuss worker concerns.

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But Nissan executive Scott Becker responded by rejecting the proposed meeting, telling the UAW, “It would be inappropriate to have discussions with your union regarding employees at Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Canton, Miss., without your union first having obtained the support of a majority of employees at that plant.” (more…)

Hoping to Organize Southern Car Plants, UAW Adopts Pro-Trump Stance

Union backed Clinton in 2016, but now supports president’s “Buy American” campaign.

by on Feb.17, 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union supports President Donald Trump's message of "Buy American."

Politics can make for strange bedfellows. So can union organizing drives.

Traditionally a stalwart force for the Democratic Party, and a major backer of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign last year, the United Auto Workers Union has done something of an about face. At a Thursday news conference in Detroit, UAW boss Dennis Williams offered praise for President Trump – the president’s criticism of Mexican auto production, in particular – and said the union is ready to launch a new “Buy American” ad campaign.

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The union’s position is not entirely surprising. In fact, it reflects the reason why many members reportedly voted for Trump last November. But the shift at UAW headquarters also comes as the union amps up its efforts to organize workers at a number of non-union auto plants, most of them in the South, where organized labor has seldom been welcome – and where candidate Trump far outpolled his Democratic rival for president. (more…)

UAW Gearing Up for Organizing Battle With Tesla

Elon Musk claims pro-union voice is actually UAW employee.

by on Feb.10, 2017

At least one Tesla employee believes the automaker's workers need UAW representation.

Tesla and the United Auto Workers union are scuffling over whether workers at the Tesla assembly plant in Fremont, California, need representation.

The UAW has been eyeing the Tesla plant for several months and apparently has managed to gain a foothold where at least one Tesla employee has stepped forward to identify himself as a union supporter.

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Jose Moran, the pro-union employee, also has drawn the wrath of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who labeled him an employee of the United Auto Workers. (more…)