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24 Jul 2018 Fiat Chrysler UAW Collective Bargaining Process Under a Microscope

Yesterday another high ranking UAW official pled guilty in the federal government’s ongoing investigation into Fiat Chrysler’s and high-ranking UAW officials’ payoff scandal (see previous posts: Jun 12 | March 23 | Nov 3) Nancy Adams Johnson, a top assistant to UAW Vice President Jewell Norwood, admitted to receiving illegal payments and using funds illegally from Fiat Chrysler. The government’s investigation now has been expanded to include other automakers as well, but currently the UAW…

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12 Jun 2018 UAW Sues Over UAW-Chrysler National Training Center Scandal

  Since July 2017 a number of federal indictments have been handed down involving former Fiat Chrysler executives and UAW union leaders. Rumors abound about a widening probe, targets of that probe, and more indictments. Now, in an apparent offensive move the UAW has filed a lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court.   The UAW’s June 8 lawsuit seeks to recover millions diverted from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.  Articles point out the UAW’s lawsuit…

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11 Jun 2018 Unscrambling the Hy-Brand Egg – NLRB Tackles Ethics/Recusal Mess

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently announced that it will comprehensively review its ethics and recusal policies. This follows a string of recent investigations, the most recent being an investigation into NLRB member, Mark Pearce, for comments he made regarding the Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors case. While Pearce was cleared by the NLRB’s Inspector General (IG), earlier the NLRB IG found Board member William Emanuel should have recused himself in the Hy-Brand case. Some have accused the…

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03 May 2018 UFC Enters NLRB Independent Contractor Cage Match

Yesterday, mixed martial arts fighter, Leslie Smith, filed an unfair labor practice charge against the entity dba Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  Smith is a well-known mixed martial arts fighter in the featherweight class.  Her only loss is to Cris Cyborg, the current UFC featherweight champion who has been recognized by some as the best female mixed martial arts fighter in the world.  Now Smith is coming to blows with UFC over the non-renewal of her…

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01 May 2018 Is It A Union? That is the Question

As we have previously reported, due to declining private sector membership unions have explored new organizing tactics. One “new” union tactic involves the creation and support of so-called “Worker Centers.” These Worker Centers are usually formed as community groups but are often backed by labor organizations, i.e. unions. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been heavily involved in the formation of such community based “centers” as a means to advocate for higher minimum wage and…

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23 Mar 2018 Scandal Alert – Ex-UAW Official’s Big Splurging Spree Leads To Another LMRA Indictment

  The federal probe into the illegal use of blue-collar training funds, used to allegedly “keep union leaders fat, dumb, and happy” during the run up to the last round of Chrysler/UAW negotiations, continues to expand. You can see our past coverage on this issue here:   Union Corruption Double Take: The UAW, FCA, Shoes, Shotguns and a Deepening Federal Probe, Union Corruption: UAW and Auto Manufacturer Officials Allegedly Embezzled Millions in Union-Member Funds, FBI…

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28 Dec 2017 Specialty Healthcare Death Throes Continue

  A week before Christmas employers got an early present when the newly constituted republican majority at the NLRB overruled the “overwhelming community-of-interest” unit configuration union election standard set out in Specialty Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, 357 NLRB No. 83 (2011).  In PCC Structurals, Inc., 365 NLRB no. 160 (December 15, 2017) the NLRB reset the clock and went back to applying its traditional community-of-interest factors when determining an appropriate unit (the proper…

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22 Dec 2017 Trump Elects New NLRB Chair

  In the wake of last week’s sweeping rebuke of a number of Obama-era precedents, President Trump has named National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Marvin E. Kaplan as acting chairman of the board. Kaplan replaces former chairman Philip A. Miscimarra whose term expired on Dec. 16.   The current board includes the following members: Mark Gaston Pearce, an Obama appointee whose term expires Aug. 27, 2018 Lauren McFerran, an Obama appointee whose term expires…

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14 Nov 2017 NLRB Protected Concerted Activity or Harassment – Will Employers Finally Get Clarity?

  Yesterday, it was announced the NLRB and EEOC will issue a guidance in an effort to help employers better understand overlapping obligations under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Title VII. The guidance no doubt is the result of a longstanding tension between an employee’s right to openly communicate about workplace issues (protected concerted activity) and an employers’ obligation under Title VII to prevent workplace harassment and bias, and be proactive about doing…

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03 Nov 2017 FBI Autocompany/Union Training Center Corruption Investigation Widens

  The Detroit News is reporting that the corruption investigation into the United Auto Workers (UAW) training centers for workers is expanding to training centers funded by all three Detroit automakers. The article also indicates the automakers themselves are not a target.   The initial FBI investigation focused solely on Fiat Chrysler (FC) and the UAW. Indictments of a FC executive and UAW staff followed. However, the Detroit News is now reporting investigators are possibly interested in Joe Ashton, a retired…

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