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11 Aug 2017 Union Corruption: UAW and Auto Manufacturer Officials Allegedly Embezzled Millions in Union-Member Funds

  Union corruption probes, unfortunately, continue to make headlines. One of the latest centers on a United Auto Workers (UAW) National Training Center in Michigan. There, a former executive has pled guilty to siphoning more than $4.5 million in funds that were to be used to train UAW members.   The man, who was controller, helped to “steer funds, plane tickets, mortgage payments and other goods valued at more than $4.5 million to UAW Vice…

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11 Jul 2017 If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try, Try Again: UAW Files Petition for Union Vote at Nissan

  For years the United Autoworkers Union (UAW) has attempted to organize foreign auto manufacturers in the U.S., but its efforts have largely failed. Indeed, while the UAW continues to represent most production and maintenance workers at the big American car companies’ sites in this country, the union has failed to gain any strongholds within its Japanese counterparts, despite constant efforts over the years.   Now, the UAW is trying again. It was recently announced…

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21 Feb 2017 UAW Announces ‘Buy Union American-Made’ Ad Campaign

  Looking to piggyback off the “keep jobs in America” theme touted by President Trump, the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union announced an ad campaign that urges people to buy union- and American-made cars.  UAW President Dennis Williams said the campaign could be similar to the “Look for the Union Label” jingle in in the 1970s in support of the now-defunct International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. “If it’s not built in the United States, then don’t…

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02 Dec 2015 UAW Accused of Failing to Honor Michigan Right to Work Law

An autoworker in Michigan has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB accusing the United Auto Workers (UAW) of refusing his repeated requests to withdraw his membership and stop paying dues. According to a story in the Detroit News, the employee twice sent withdrawal notices to the UAW via certified mail, but the union declined his request to withdraw his membership. He alleges the union’s actions are in violation of Michigan’s right to work law…

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29 Jan 2014 NLRB Moves Forward on UAW Charges at Mercedes-Benz Alabama

The Atlanta regional office of the NLRB has confirmed the agency has issued a complaint and is moving forward with a hearing on unfair labor practice charges filed by the UAW against Mercedes Benz US International, Inc. The charges stem from the UAW’s ongoing organizing efforts at Mercedes’ Alabama manufacturing plant. The NLRB’s Atlanta Office Regional Director Claude T. “Chip” Harrell Jr. was quoted saying, “Charges were filed, we investigated and determined there was reasonable…

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03 Dec 2013 UAW Considering 25 percent Dues Increase

Bernie Woodall of Reuters reports that the UAW is considering hiking member dues 25 percent as the union continues to struggle with a 30 percent decline in membership since 2005. The union’s total finances also fell for the sixth straight year according to the story. The increase would mean dues for the average member would rise from two hours of pay per month to 2.5 hours. A senior UAW official confirmed the increase is being…

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08 Nov 2013 UAW Nominates Dennis Williams as Next President

The UAW’s administrative caucus has nominated current secretary-treasurer Dennis Williams to succeed Bob King as the next president of the auto maker’s union. The person nominated by the caucus has traditionally won election to the post. Reuters’ report on the nomination can be found here. The Detroit News points out that Williams “has never built a car” and will become the first President of the UAW that did not formerly work in an auto plant….

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