United Auto Workers (UAW)

UAW President in Central Illinois Indicted for Theft

Auto Workers logoOn March 22, Bob Buford, former president of United Auto Workers Local 2419, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois on one count of mail fraud related to his embezzlement of $28,697 from the savings account of the Danville, Ill.-based union back in 2010.  He also was indicted for concealing the thefts in union financial records.  The charges follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

UAW Member in Louisiana Sentenced for Records Fraud

United Auto Workers logo On February 17, Danny Rawls, former member of United Auto Workers Local 2297, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,208 for concealing acts of theft in financial records of the Shreveport union.  He had pleaded guilty in September after being indicted in March 2015.  Rawls and Local Vice President Gregory Hill had been charged with embezzlement and forgery totaling more than $12,000.  The actions followed a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Secretary of UAW-Sponsored Group in Wisconsin Sentenced

United Auto Workers logoAt least Helen Genal is remorseful.  On January 25, Genal, former secretary-treasurer of the Fox Valley Area Community Action Program, a project of the United Auto Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to six months in prison for embezzling $29,968 from the Oshkosh-based labor organization.  She pled guilty last November after being charged in July with one count each of embezzlement and making a false statement in union records.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

VW Maintenance Workers in Chattanooga to Join Union; Automaker Appeals

When the United Auto Workers in April 2014 gave up on its bid to unionize hourly workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga two months after its ballot defeat, then-President Bob King intimated the union would be back.  It's a lot more than an intimation now.  On December 4, robotics and other machine maintenance workers at the facility voted 108-44 in favor of UAW representation.  The National Labor Relations Board a week earlier had approved a union request for an election.  Unlike the last time, VW is not siding with the union.  Even before the vote, the German automaker had announced its intent to appeal the NLRB ruling.  The victorious workers are but a fraction of all employees, but they are celebrating all the same.  And the NLRB remains very much in the picture.

Former Member of UAW Local in Louisiana Pleads Guilty

United Auto Workers logoOn September 2, Danny Rawls, former member of United Auto Workers Local 2297, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to one charge of making a false statement to a Labor Department investigator.  Back in March, Rawls, along with Local 2297 Vice President Gregory Hill, had been indicted on nine counts related to aiding and abetting embezzlement in excess of $12,000, uttering forged checks, and conspiracy to commit forgery against the Shreveport-based union.  The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Autoworkers Secretary-Treasurer in Wisconsin Charged with Theft

UAW logoOn July 28, Helen Genal, former financial secretary-treasurer of the United Auto Workers’ Fox Valley Area Community Action Program, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin with one count of embezzling $29,968 in funds from the Oshkosh-based labor organization and one count of making a materially false statement.  The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Indiana Auto Workers Financial Secretary Sentenced for Forgery

United Auto Workers logoOn June 11, Marcia Shull, former financial secretary of United Auto Workers Local 661, was sentenced in the Circuit Court of Hancock County, Indiana to 180 days of house arrest and 550 days of probation for felony forgery from the Greenfield, Ind.-based union.  She also will have to pay $168 in fines and costs on top of the $18,250 she already has paid.  Shull had pleaded guilty in May after being charged last September following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

UAW Financial Secretary in Indiana Pleads Guilty to Forgery

United Auto Workers logoOn May 7, Marcia Shull, former financial secretary of United Auto Workers Local 661, pleaded guilty in Hancock County, Indiana Circuit Court to one count of felony forgery.  She had been charged last September with theft and forgery of an unspecified sum from the Greenfield, Ind.-based union after a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

UAW Vice President, Member in Louisiana Charged with Forgery

United Auto Workers (UAW)On March 4, Gregory Hill and Danny Rawls, respectively, vice president and member of Local 2297 of the United Auto Workers, each were indicted on nine counts in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana related to their aiding and abetting embezzlement in excess of $12,000, uttering forged checks, and conspiracy to commit forgery against the Shreveport-based union.  The indictments follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year

Top Ten logoIf the year 2014 had a main theme, it was, as in 2013, the unions' pursuit of legal advantage. The results were mixed. Unions scored victories at the National Labor Relations Board, but they tasted defeat in the courts, most notably in their effort to unionize private home care providers in Illinois and overturn a Wisconsin law reining in public-sector costs. In another bitter pill, the United Auto Workers last February lost a representation election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. As for dipping their hands in tills, national union leaders generally behaved themselves, but many local bosses, office employees and business agents did not.

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