Former UAW vice president pleads guilty to conspiracy in bribery scheme
Publisher: World Socialist Web Site
Date Written: 03/04/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23592
Norwood Jewell, former vice president of the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate labor laws. There could be even higher ranking officials charged, highlighting the conflicting interests of union bosses vs workers.
Norwood Jewell, the former vice president of the United Auto Workers, appeared before a federal judge in Detroit Tuesday afternoon and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate labor laws prohibiting companies from paying union officials bribes and union officials from accepting them.
Jewell is the highest-ranking UAW official caught thus far in the corruption case, which involved the payment by Fiat Chrysler (FCA) executives of more than $1 million in bribes to top UAW negotiators in return for signing pro-company contracts between 2007 and 2015. Jewell led efforts by the UAW in 2015 to force 37,000 Fiat Chrysler workers to accept sweeping concessions that were also imposed on another 100,000 General Motors and Ford workers.