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Sun Nov 24, 2019, 05:00 AM

GM bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler fueling growing outrage among autoworkers over UAW

GM bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler fueling growing outrage among autoworkers over UAW corruption


The fallout is continuing from Wednesday’s explosive new developments in the United Auto Workers corruption scandal.

Early that afternoon, General Motors announced a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler, alleging that it had obtained unfair business advantages through rampant bribery of United Auto Workers (UAW) officials, converting the union into an “FCA-controlled enterprise.” Later the same day, UAW President Gary Jones, previously on paid leave, announced his resignation after the UAW International Executive Board initiated measures to remove him and Region 5 Director Vance Pearson.

The developments bring the crisis surrounding the UAW to a boil and shed further light on its incestuous relationships with the Detroit Three automakers.

In particular, the 95-page complaint filed by GM’s lawyers brings to light previously unknown details about the bribery of UAW officials by Fiat Chrysler. The suit alleges, for example, that the UAW and FCA signed secret agreements exempting the company from limits on hiring second tier workers and reducing health care costs. UAW executives also acted as the company’s messengers during its unsuccessful attempts to force a merger with GM.

Read more: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/23/auto-n23.html

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