The UAW corruption scandal

New UAW Ford director part of union’s narrow inner circle

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2020

The appointment of UAW Region 1D director Gerald Kariem to head the union’s Ford department elevates another long-time bureaucrat into the top leadership.

Feds subpoena security camera footage and visitor logs in investigation of July fire at Detroit UAW headquarters

By Jessica Goldstein, 14 December 2019

The details of the subpoena were revealed just two weeks after US Attorney Matthew Schneider said government oversight of the UAW was a “definite possibility” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

“They are jamming this down our throats:” Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW for rushing vote on sellout contract

By Jerry White, 10 December 2019

Just days after dumping the thousand-page contract on its web site, the UAW is holding a series of snap votes which it plans to conclude by Wednesday.

UAW keeps FCA workers in the dark on contract talks, painting corruption exposures as “outside distractions”

By Marcus Day, 28 November 2019

In a letter to FCA workers Monday, UAW-FCA Vice President Cindy Estrada attempted to pretend as if the corruption scandal had no bearing on otherwise pristine negotiations.

UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson resigns after embezzlement charges

By Jerry White, 25 November 2019

The resignation of Pearson follows last week’s departure of union president Gary Jones and the explosive lawsuit by GM, which described the UAW as an “FCA-controlled enterprise.”

UAW President Gary Jones resigns as GM lawsuit charges that UAW is a “controlled enterprise” of Fiat Chrysler

By Jerry White, 21 November 2019

Jones’ resignation came after the UAW International Executive Board, in an act of damage control, took measures to remove and expel him.

Acting UAW chief unveils bogus “anti-corruption” reforms

By Tom Hall, 15 November 2019

The measures amount to window dressing, implemented by the members of the same criminal bureaucracy.

From the archive of the WSWS

What is the UAW?

By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2019

The article, first published in 2015, details the corporatist degeneration of the UAW and its transformation into a bribed tool of management.

The expanding UAW corruption scandal and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Tom Hall, 8 November 2019

The United Auto Workers is currently trying to ram through a concessions contract at Ford following the shutdown of the GM strike, even as its president faces imminent charges for stealing workers’ money.

Former UAW-GM VP Joe Ashton charged in corruption scheme

By Marcus Day, 7 November 2019

Ashton, the highest-ranking UAW official charged in the corruption investigation, is accused of overseeing a multi-million dollar kickback scheme through GM’s Center for Human Resources.

Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds

By Jerry White, 5 November 2019

Details in the indictment against Jones confidante Edward N. Robinson indicate that the FBI likely has undercover recordings of Jones ordering Robinson to destroy evidence and take the fall for him, according to the Detroit News.

Ford autoworkers denounce tentative deal as corruption scandal engulfs UAW leadership

By Marcus Day, 4 November 2019

The UAW-Ford deal allows for an unlimited number of buyouts of older production workers, facilitating a vast expansion of lower-paid temporary workers.

Corruption scandal moves in on UAW President Gary Jones

By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2019

The latest allegations, involving the embezzlement of $1.5 million in dues money, follow the shutdown of the GM strike as the UAW attempts to ram through a pro-company agreement with Ford.

“I really don’t believe it… It was so shady”

Workers question legitimacy of UAW’s claims on GM contract ratification

By Shannon Jones, 26 October 2019

Bitterness and anger are brewing after the UAW shut down the 40-day strike by 48,000 General Motors workers and announced the ratification of a concessions contract.

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?

By Jerry White, 23 October 2019

The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.

Sons of convicted UAW bribe taker Norwood Jewell were co-signers of GM sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2019

UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is now headed to prison for taking illegal payouts from Fiat Chrysler.

Who is UAW Vice President Terry Dittes?

By Shannon Jones, 11 October 2019

There is nothing in the biography of Dittes that suggests that this longtime UAW bureaucrat is anything but a loyal hand raiser for the corrupt Solidarity House bureaucracy.

UAW prepares to sell out GM strike, as new corruption revelations emerge

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

The UAW and GM are putting the finishing touches on their plan to sell their concessions deal.

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site

Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

By Tom Mackaman, 24 September 2019

Walter Reuther’s biography has much to teach workers about the transformation of the trade unions into reactionary adjuncts of the corporations and the government.

Jeff Pietrzyk, former aide to UAW vice president Joe Ashton, charged with criminal conspiracy

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 September 2019

Pietrzyk sat on the 2011 UAW-GM National Negotiating Committee, which pushed through a miserable sellout contract that maintained a pay freeze and the hated two-tier system.

UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire

By Tom Hall, 14 September 2019

With only hours to go before the expiration of the auto contract, the current and former presidents of the UAW have been exposed as gangsters and the “union” as a criminal syndicate.

On eve of contract expiration: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement

By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019

The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against Jones.

BREAKING: UAW President Gary Jones, former President Williams are unnamed co-conspirators in latest corruption charges, Detroit News reports

By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019

The Detroit News reported Friday that Jones and Williams are “UAW Official A” and “UAW Official B” in Thursday’s criminal complaint against UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson.

BREAKING: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement

By Tom Hall, 12 September 2019

The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against UAW President Gary Jones.

UAW apologists try to cover up corruption scandal

By Jerry White, 10 September 2019

Organizations and publications in and around the UAW apparatus have responded to the expanding corruption scandal by trying to buttress its political stranglehold over autoworkers.

Ten days before contract expiration, top aide to UAW GM negotiators pleads guilty to taking $2 million in kickbacks

By Jerry White, 5 September 2019

The plea deal comes as GM CEO Mary Barra is set to meet with President Trump to discuss the upcoming contract battle by autoworkers.

“It’s our time”: US autoworkers denounce UAW corruption, vow to fight as contract deadline approaches

By our reporter, 3 September 2019

The exposure of widespread corruption in the United Auto Workers leadership has only hardened the resolve of US autoworkers to make gains in the upcoming contract fight.

Autoworkers conclude near-unanimous strike votes as corruption scandal targets charity run by UAW president

By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2019

Strike votes over the past week have registered autoworkers’ determination to fight, with near unanimous votes in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky, from 94 to 99 percent to authorize a strike.

FBI raid of UAW president exposes union as criminal syndicate

By Jerry White, 29 August 2019

The raids occur on the eve of a contract battle by autoworkers who are equally hostile to the auto companies and the bribed UAW.

“There’s a lot of people who are ready to get rid of them”

GM Wentzville workers speak out against UAW corruption

By Marcus Day, 26 August 2019

The expansion of the corruption scandal to UAW officials for GM has brought to the surface the simmering anger of workers over decades of union-enforced concessions.

“It’s ludicrous the way they treat the temps”

GM autoworker speaks out on UAW corruption, upcoming contract fight

By Debra Watson, 22 August 2019

Workers at the Big Three in the US begin voting today to authorize strike action if no agreement is reached on deal when their contracts expire next month.

Joe Ashton, UAW VP named in corruption scandal, had long history of selling out auto workers

By Jerry White, 21 August 2019

A lifelong UAW functionary on the payroll of the union’s International staff for 28 years, Ashton epitomizes the social layer at the head of the so-called “American labor movement.”

UAW corruption scandal: Former union VP Joe Ashton reportedly took $550,000 in illegal kickbacks

By Jerry White, 20 August 2019

Ashton would be the highest-ranking UAW officer implicated in the corruption scandal that has already led to the conviction of UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell and three other top UAW officials on the 2015 UAW-Chrysler Bargaining Committee.

“That was our money!” Autoworkers livid over UAW corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2019

Less than one month remains before the expiration of contracts covering 155,000 US auto workers, and there is growing rank-and-file outrage over rampant union corruption.

UAW official indicted for taking millions in bribes as scandal spreads to GM

By Tom Hall, 16 August 2019

Michael Grimes took nearly $2 million in kickbacks for himself and fellow bureaucrats, according to federal investigators.

Autoworkers react to slap-on-the wrist sentencing of former UAW VP

By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2019

Workers contrasted the lenient treatment handed out to Norwood Jewell with the brutal conditions they face every day in the factories compounded by the ever-present threat of layoffs.

Judge lets bribe-taking UAW bureaucrat Norwood Jewell off with a slap on the wrist

By Shannon Jones, 6 August 2019

The former head of the union’s Fiat Chrysler department was sentenced to 15 months in a minimum-security prison for his role in the illegal bribery scheme.

“Paid for by Fiat Chrysler:” Prosecutors outline UAW corruption for Norwood Jewell sentencing hearing

By Tom Hall, 1 August 2019

Jewell will be the highest ranking UAW official sentenced in the ongoing federal corruption probe of the UAW and FCA and one of eight union or company officials to have been convicted.

Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis

By Jerry White, 10 April 2019

The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.

“If the UAW was bought, we should get it all back”

Former UAW vice president pleads guilty to conspiracy in bribery scheme

By Jerry White, 3 April 2019

Norwood Jewell is the highest UAW official to be convicted thus far in the case, involving Fiat Chrysler paying union officials to sign pro-company labor agreements.

Corruption probe engulfs top UAW executives

By Jerry White, 2 April 2019

Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is expected to plead guilty today for taking tens of thousands in bribes in exchange for imposing a pro-company deal on 37,000 Fiat Chrysler workers in 2015.

How Norwood Jewell and the UAW pushed through the 2015 contract

By Jerry White, 22 March 2019

Throughout months of supposed negotiations and the campaign to sell the concessions contract to workers, Jewell and other UAW negotiators were on the payroll of Fiat Chrysler.

UAW corruption scandal expands to Vice President Norwood Jewell, who rammed through 2015 sellout

By Jerry White, 19 March 2019

Norwood Jewell is the highest United Auto Workers official to be indicted to date in the corruption scandal engulfing the entire organization.

“Think of how many lives and families were ruined”

Autoworkers react to new UAW corruption charges

By Marcus Day, 19 March 2019

The announcement of charges against former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell has provoked widespread disgust and anger among workers.

Trump presses UAW to impose immediate concessions in bid to reopen Lordstown GM plant

By Shannon Jones, 19 March 2019

In an exchange of tweets between Trump, General Motors and UAW officials over the weekend, the billionaire president called for reopening the UAW contract to “save” the Lordstown plant.

Detroit auto show protest over GM plant closings

DSA and pseudo-left provide cover for the UAW, Democrats

By Shannon Jones, 22 January 2019

At no point in her brief remarks did Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib mention the GM plant closures, let alone call for opposition.

UAW official sentenced in bribery scheme as noose tightens on top union leaders

By Shannon Jones, 21 December 2018

Nancy Johnson, a top aide to former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, was sentenced to one year in prison for the illegal use of a credit card issued by the Chrysler-UAW National Training Center.

At meeting on GM plant closings, DSA covers for UAW and Democrats

By Jerry White, 20 December 2018

Congresswoman-elect Tlaib and the other speakers accepted GM's destruction of jobs as an accomplished fact.

Fort Wayne GM worker alleges UAW-management collusion in unjust termination

By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2018

After being fired, Ami Reveal, a veteran GM worker, went to the union, desperate for help. She told the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, "What I got from the union was ‘do your job or else.’”

Prosecutor points to UAW “culture of corruption” as union officials face sentencing

By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2018

Federal prosecutors are pointing to the systematic and pervasive character of the corruption revealed in the bribery scandal that has rocked the UAW leadership.

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”

Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 3 November 2018

Allison Transmission workers in Indianapolis, Indiana are complaining about the outsourcing of jobs, speed-up and lack of representation by the United Auto Workers.

“This union is taking food out of my kid’s mouth”

Lear Portage autoworker denounces UAW collusion with management

By Marcus Day, 29 October 2018

Workers at Lear have described a regime of harassment and intimidation carried out jointly by management and the UAW.

UAW building luxury “cottage” for ex-president Dennis Williams

By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2018

The 1,885-square-foot residence features granite countertops, cherry cabinets with a “chocolate glaze finish,” three and one half baths and a patio overlooking Black Lake.

UAW corruption scandal widens as US workers press for wage increases

By Jerry White, 21 September 2018

As autoworkers in Kokomo, Indiana and elsewhere come into struggle, the biggest obstacle they face is the corporatist and anti-working class United Auto Workers.

The United Auto Workers corruption scandal and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Joseph Kishore, 22 August 2018

A sentencing memorandum directly links Fiat Chrysler payouts to the UAW to the effort to “obtain benefits, concessions and advantages in the negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements.”

Autoworkers speak out against UAW corruption, voice support for Kokomo Fiat Chrysler workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 August 2018

The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter spoke with autoworkers in Chicago and Kokomo, Indiana about the corruption scandal which has wracked the United Auto Workers.

UAW corruption scandal reaches the top

By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2018

The revelation that the just-retired UAW president authorized the illegal use of money from company-funded joint training centers demonstrates that the organization is engaged in a criminal conspiracy against auto workers.

Widow of UAW vice president Holiefield, guilty of corruption, gets token sentence

By Shannon Jones, 14 July 2018

After pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegally diverted UAW-Chrysler training funds Monica Morgan faces just 18 months in jail, a $25,000 fine and one year supervised release.

“Everything they took from us needs to be returned, plus the money they stole”

Growing outrage from autoworkers over UAW bribery scandal

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 June 2018

Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit spoke to the WSWS about the naming of the UAW as a “co-conspirator” in the corruption scandal.

As corruption scandal engulfs union, top execs get pay raise

UAW named “co-conspirator” in illegal funds-siphoning scheme

By Jerry White, 14 June 2018

The four-day constitutional convention, which wraps up in Detroit today, was a showcase for the corruption of the UAW and its contempt for rank-and-file autoworkers.

As constitution convention opens, UAW promotes Trump’s trade war and downplays corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 12 June 2018

Outgoing union president Dennis Williams repeated the absurd claim that the bribing of UAW negotiators by Fiat Chrysler executives had no impact on the outcome of the 2015 labor agreements.

As UAW Constitutional Convention opens: The class issues facing autoworkers

By Shannon Jones, 9 June 2018

The UAW 37th Constitutional Convention is being held against a backdrop of rising worker militancy under conditions where the union is more discredited than ever.

Plea deal reveals Fiat Chrysler used “sham employment” scheme to pay off UAW negotiators

By Jerry White, 28 May 2018

Another former Fiat Chrysler executive pleads guilty in the corruption scandal engulfing the United Auto Workers union.

UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 April 2018

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.

Former top aide to UAW VP Norwood Jewell indicted in corruption investigation

By Shannon Jones, 22 March 2018

Nancy Johnson, the number two UAW official overseeing the 2015 Fiat Chrysler negotiations, is charged with five felony counts related to receiving illegal payoffs from company officials.

Another UAW official indicted in federal corruption probe

By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2018

Keith Mickens, an aide to the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield, appears to have been a minor player in the scheme to illegally divert $4.5 million from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.

Labor Notes defends UAW amidst corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2018

Breaking their silence on the United Auto Workers corruption scandal, the pseudo-left organizations have chosen a prominent supporter of the Labor Notes publication to defend the UAW.

UAW contracts must be declared null and void

By Jerry White, 7 February 2018

The corruption revealed in the unfolding scandal is not an aberration, but expresses the very essence of the UAW.

“They chew you up and spit you out”

Ford workers in Chicago speak out on UAW corruption

By our reporters, 6 February 2018

Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant reacted to the continuing revelations in the UAW corruption scandal and denounced abuses by the union and management.

Evidence that Norwood Jewell was bribed to sign 2015 UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Jerry White, 5 February 2018

Fiat Chrysler threw a lavish party for Jewell, two months after the top administrative body of the UAW tagged him to lead negotiations with the automaker.

Workers discuss UAW corruption scandal at WSWS Autoworker Newsletter call-in meeting

By our reporters, 2 February 2018

Autoworkers discussed the significance of the scandal and the Autoworker Newsletter’s call for the formation of rank-and-file committees, independent of the United Auto Workers union.

Workers demand nullification of contracts

Anger mounts as UAW VP for Fiat Chrysler is implicated in corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 1 February 2018

Former Fiat Chrysler chief negotiator Iacobelli named Jewell’s charity as the recipient of “prohibited payments” siphoned through the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.

Fiat Chrysler workers file class action against UAW demanding return of union dues

By Jerry White, 31 January 2018

A legal complaint by three autoworkers charges the union with colluding to destroy wages and rights, and defrauding workers of hundreds of millions of dollars in union dues.

“Everybody wants to walk at our plant”

US autoworkers want to overturn contracts UAW signed after corporate bribes

By Jerry White, 30 January 2018

In some plants autoworkers have discussed walking out on strike, insisting the contracts signed by corrupt UAW officials are null and void.

Contracts signed by corrupt UAW should be nullified: A reply to Dennis Williams

By Jerry White, 29 January 2018

Why should autoworkers accept the terms of a labor agreement signed by union officials on the payroll of the auto corporations?

US autoworkers express outrage over latest revelations of UAW bribery

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 January 2018

Autoworkers reacted angrily to the admission by former Fiat Chrysler negotiator Alphons Iacobelli that he paid $1.5 million to UAW officials to influence contract negotiations.

The UAW corruption scandal: The case for workers’ committees

By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2018

Fiat Chrysler’s bribery of UAW officials involved in contract negotiations exposes the anti-working-class character of the entire trade union apparatus.

In plea deal with prosecutors

Former Fiat Chrysler negotiator says FCA bribed the UAW to secure passage of 2009, 2015 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2018

According to a court filing Alphons Iacobelli paid $1.5 million to top UAW officials between 2009 and 2015 for the express purpose of influencing contract negotiations.

Two key players in UAW corruption scandal to enter guilty pleas

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2018

The wife of a deceased UAW official and a Fiat Chrysler executive are expected to plead guilty to charges they took part in a scheme to siphon off millions from the UAW-Chrysler Joint Training Center.

Amid escalating corruption scandal, top UAW operatives step down

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2017

The ongoing federal corruption investigation and growing worker anger and militancy are fueling an apparent crisis in the top echelons of the United Auto Workers union.

UAW-corporate corruption scandal spreads to Ford and GM

By Eric London, 4 November 2017

Workers need workplace and neighborhood committees to advance their interests against the massive corporations that dictate the policies of the government and control the unions.

Federal UAW corruption probe turns to GM and Ford

By Shannon Jones, 3 November 2017

In the wake of the indictment of United Auto Workers officials in relation to the theft of funds from the UAW-Chrysler training center, federal investigators are looking at joint programs funded by General Motors and Ford.

“The contract should be null and void”

Fiat Chrysler workers react to UAW corruption investigation

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2017

Workers at Fiat Chrysler in Detroit reacted angrily to revelations that top UAW officials received illegal payouts from management to keep them “fat, dumb and happy.”

UAW officials laundered Fiat Chrysler bribes through fake charities

By Shannon Jones, 21 September 2017

The latest revelations in the scandal involving funds diverted from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center further underscore the anti-worker character of the UAW.

Ford workers speak out against sexual harassment, UAW corruption

By our reporters, 28 August 2017

Autoworkers in Michigan and Chicago reacted with disgust and anger to reports of widespread sexual abuse at Ford coming alongside indictments of UAW and Fiat Chrysler officials for corruption.

“Everyone high up in the UAW must have known what was going on”

US autoworkers react to new UAW corruption indictments

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 August 2017

US autoworkers contacted by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter expressed disgust and anger over the results of a federal investigation into allegations of bribery of top United Auto Workers officials by Fiat Chrysler executives.

More charges in Fiat Chrysler corruption scandal

UAW executives accepted bribes “to take company-friendly positions”

By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017

The multimillion-dollar bribery scheme exposes the UAW as a corrupt agent of corporate management, which has worked to impose massive concessions contracts at FCA, General Motors and Ford.

As worker anger over UAW corruption scandal grows, union president defends sellout contracts

By Jerry White, 3 August 2017

With the corruption scandal threatening to ensnare wider layers of the UAW bureaucracy, union president Dennis Williams is trying to contain the growing anger of autoworkers.

“This only verifies what so many of us thought was happening before and after our so-called contract negotiations”

Indiana Fiat Chrysler workers react to UAW bribery indictment

By Jerry White, 31 July 2017

Workers at the Kokomo casting plant spoke out on the charges that company officials handed more than $1 million to the United Auto Workers’ top negotiator between 2009 and 2014.

“Every contract we wonder how we are going to get shafted”

US autoworkers speak on bribing of UAW official

By Shannon Jones, 29 July 2017

A federal indictment Wednesday charged that a former vice president at Fiat Chrysler funneled more than $1 million in bribes to a UAW vice president between 2009 and 2014.

Federal indictment charges Fiat Chrysler paid top UAW negotiator $1.2 million in bribes

By Jerry White, 27 July 2017

A federal indictment filed in US District Court in Detroit Wednesday charges that a former vice president of Fiat Chrysler funneled more than a million dollars in bribes to United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield between 2009 and 2014.