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UAW President Rips Ford on EV Production Move

Outgoing labor chief chastises Trump for NAFTA effort.

by on Dec.20, 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams criticized Ford Motor Co. for moving EV production from the U.S. to Mexico.

The United Auto Workers has made it plain that it objects the Ford Motor Co.’s decision to place production of electric vehicles: Mexico.

“I’m not happy with Ford,” UAW President Dennis Williams told reporters today during a meeting at the union’s headquarters in Detroit. “I think we’re missing a huge opportunity in this country.”

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Earlier this month, Ford announced plans to move EV production from a suburban Detroit factory to its plant in Cuautitlán, Mexico, starting in 2020. That will make room at the Flat Rock, Michigan, facility for the fully driverless vehicles Ford is currently developing. (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…)

FCA Touts 2,000 New US Jobs

Previously announced plans may avoid Trump tweets.

by on Jan.09, 2017

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's reorganization plan will add 2,000 new U.S. jobs the maker announced.

As part of Fiat Chrysler’s ongoing manufacturing reorganization in North America the company explained it will add 2,000 new jobs to the its ranks by 2020, the automaker announced yesterday, perhaps hoping to avoid being the next Twitter target of President-elect Donald Trump.

The automaker has been shifting its production in Michigan and Ohio to focus on trucks and SUVs, and is in the midst of a $1 billion plan to make that happen. The moves also include some movement of jobs from Mexico to Michigan, FCA officials noted.

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After Trump began calling out automakers on Twitter in recent weeks, many have been attempting to put their best foot forward, emphasizing manufacturing plans that have been shifting small car production to Mexico also net more jobs for the U.S. plants building the more profitable and popular trucks and utility vehicles. (more…)

UAW President Vows to Block Trans-Pacific Partnership

Williams believes deal will cost jobs.

by on Sep.26, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union will fight the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The United Auto Workers, while committed to supporting Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Presidential contest with Donald Trump, is vowing to help defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement touted by President Barack Obama.

Dennis Williams, president of the UAW who has been an important political ally of Obama for more than two decades, told reporters during a roundtable discussion that he simply disagrees with the President on TPP.

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“I’ve known the President since 1994. We’re friends. But he and I just disagree on this,” said Williams, who was invited to ride in the Presidential limousine when Obama visited Detroit for the North American International Auto Show in January. (more…)

UAW Secures Promise from Clinton to Re-Work NAFTA

Democratic nominee pledges to tackle trade agreement.

by on Jul.27, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams says he's convinced Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to amend NAFTA, if elected.

The United Auto Workers have a commitment from Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to review provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, UAW President Dennis Williams said during a conference call with reporters.

Trade and trade agreements have been at the center of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, with him vowing to rip up NAFTA and other trade agreements he believes have been unfair to Americans.

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One of the byproducts of the NAFTA agreement was a broad expansion of car and truck production in Mexico. (more…)