Former UAW Officers at Detroit-Area GM Truck Plant Sentenced

united-auto-workers-logoSometimes the unfinished business of a strike can take years to resolve. In the case of Donny Douglas and Jay Campbell, it was close to 15 years. Douglas and Campbell, each a former officer with United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 594 in Pontiac, Mich., were sentenced in Detroit federal court on December 19 for conspiracy to commit extortion and violate the Taft-Hartley Act. The pair had used their bargaining leverage to extend a strike in 1997 against General Motors by telling GM negotiators if they didn’t hire Campbell’s son and the son of another UAW official for high-paying jobs, the strike would continue. Douglas received 18 months in prison, while Campbell received 12 months and a day in prison. They had been convicted at trial in 2006. A circuit court later would uphold the convictions and declare the original sentences too lenient. The Department of the Labor and the …

Extortion Charges Reinstated Against Mich. Bosses

Three federal judges unanimously reinstated criminal charges Feb. 8 against two Pontiac officials of the United Auto Workers accused of prolonging an 87-day strike at a General Motors Corp. truck plant to force the hiring of a relative and a friend.  The decision by a three-judge panel at the 6th U.S. Circ. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversed an October 2003 ruling by U.S. Dist. Judge Nancy Edmunds, who had tossed out the charges against the officials — intl. servicing representative Donny Douglas and retired Local 594 Chairman Jay Campbell.


They were indicted in September 2002 on charges of extortion, mail fraud and conspiracy to violate U.S. labor laws. A third UAW official, William Coffey, was also charged, but he died in 2003.  In her earlier ruling, Edmunds had, in essence, decided that what the UAW officials did was not criminal because all they were doing was