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#61 OFFLINE   Decker

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 02:35 PM

Another charged, Another plea deal in UAW-FCA federal corruption investigation

"Keith Mickens accused of helping funnel away millions of dollars meant for training workers.
Officials have admitted to accepting thousands of dollars' worth of clothing, electronics and golf equipment"

"A former UAW official pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in the widening, multimillion-dollar corruption scandal involving a joint training center between the union and Fiat Chrysler. Keith Mickens, 64, who oversaw operations of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the Labor Relations Act as part of a plea deal with federal investigators."

"The release of Mickens' plea comes a day after Michael Brown, a former FCA US employee, was charged with one count of lying to a federal grand jury about the scope of the conspiracy. Brown is the seventh person charged with criminal involvement in the corruption scandal. Of those, Mickens is the fifth to plead guilty. The Detroit News reported that Brown, 60, was a director in Fiat Chrysler's employee relations department at the time of his testimony, but he has since left the company."

"Mickens was indicted March 13 for conspiring with Alphons Iacobelli, a former Fiat Chrysler labor executive, and late UAW Vice President General Holiefield from 2010 until 2015. Also pleading guilty to using stolen funds are Holiefield's widow, Monica Morgan; Virdell King, a retired UAW associate director; and Jerome Durden, a former FCA financial analyst. Nancy Johnson, a former top aide to ex-UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, was also charged for misusing training center funds, though she has not yet been arraigned."

"Mickens faces up to 2 1/2 years in federal prison — shortened in the deal from an original 5-year maximum — after admitting Thursday to spending more than $7,000 on luggage, golf equipment and unspecified items at two Best Buy locations using training center bank accounts and credit cards."

"Mickens was co-director of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center and was on the center's Joint Activities Board. In July 2013, Mickens secured a check for $13,500 payable to Monica Morgan Photography, according to the 28-page plea deal he signed on March 14. A few days later Morgan and Holiefield used the money to settle the remaining balance on a swimming pool at their Harrison Township home."

"The plea deal also says that in January 2016, FCA offered to pay Mickens $25,000 as part of a "one-time, non-precedent setting, incentivized retirement program" on the condition that he agree in writing not to disclose information of the payment to any third parties or members of the media."

 

But, as Dennis has said none of this could have jeopardized any of the good faith negotiation's the IUAW was involved in.....
 


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Posted 08 August 2018 - 02:37 PM

What is this training blue collar workers are supposed so be getting?
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Posted 08 August 2018 - 02:51 PM

Good question. All the training I keep hearing about is being done right here at CAP. Even our thrid time around of "diversity" training  :lol2: A long time ago Ford`s training center was used for the FPS stuff and the FTPM stuff but that was looked at as just an all inclusive paid vacation party time. You sign in then go to breakfast come back and then go to lunch then forget where your class was and grab a cab.

 

But really I never heard of any training talked about from members that had went. Did they have classes in photography? Was there classes on how to install pools? Did anyone walk out of the training and into a plant for job on the floor? 

 

I think Mickens sentencing was 06 Aug, but nothing so far in the news. But lets be honest this servicing rep only got $7400 in allowance's and only $5100 for official bidness. No wonder he was temped with a free lunch every now and then....

 

 

KEITH MICKENS, SERVICING Rep

Salary Breakdown (2015)
Total Compensation
$127,569.00
  • Gross Salary: $114,958.00
  • Allowances: $7,457.00
  • Official Business: $5,154.00

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 09:18 AM

https://www.detroitn...tion/985477002/

Well well well, it seems that hug between Dennis Williams and Sergio Marchionne to open the 2015 negotiations wasnt so innocent
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Posted 16 August 2018 - 01:47 PM

The conspiracy is damaging and sows distrust among UAW members, Henning said.

"More than anything, it shows union leadership appears to have been bought with trinkets," he said.

"The mistrust this fosters among union members is incredible."

Yaa think......?


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Posted 16 August 2018 - 01:50 PM

What did Dennis say....?

In no way could this have influenced the negotiations.

Then what was it before that....?

Lets DO Chrysler first.... hmmm  :nonono:


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Posted 16 August 2018 - 02:06 PM

I was just a wondering the other day. The sentencing date for one of our I`m guilty but willing to sing IUAW royalty :spiteful: had come and gone... This latest article kinda explains things a just little.

 

https://www.detroitn...tion/985477002/


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 07:09 AM

Ever read an old history book and see it in a completely different light than the first time you read it. With the IUAW information floating around in federal court as of late, the 2015 contract is a historic agreement (history book) with a different view now. (for me)


Give this piece of history a read an see if your view of it is the same with the current IUAW information floating around in federal court.

Fiat Chrysler is surprise lead company in UAW talks

News of Fiat Chrysler as lead company comes after an antsy weekend for 141,000 unionized employees

Check out this story on Freep.com: http://on.freep.com/1UPAMOw


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 08:16 AM

Back in the day... this sure sounded good. Promise Promise Promise... who would of thought about anyone going to the federal daycare centers back then?

FCA CEO Marchionne aims to eliminate 2-tier UAW wages

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday that the two-tier wage structure established by the Detroit Three is "unsustainable in the long-term" and vowed to essentially eliminate it in contract talks with the UAW this year.

Marchionne said he thinks there is as much as a 50% chance that the UAW and FCA US will effectively eliminate the two-tier structure in this round of negotiations.

"We are going to try our darnedest to close it up," Marchionne said. "We need to design a career path for people who come into this business that tells them that if they work hard they can get there."

Marchionne has expressed that view before, but his remarks coming at the traditional handshake that marks the beginning of the talks were especially welcomed by UAW President Dennis Williams. The UAW head has pledged to close the wage gap between the Detroit Three's legacy auto workers and those hired after 2007.

Marchionne and Williams were among those who spoke at the ceremonial handshake event at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit. The UAW's contract with FCA US, General Motors and Ford expires on Sept. 14.

Marchionne, wearing a blue golf shirt with both the FCA and UAW logos, (what was Dennis wearing?) skipped the handshake and instead gave Williams a hug to begin the event. (hug? and a pat on the wallet?)


"You should pay people the same wage for the same work and therefore anything that is dual in nature is unsustainable in the long term. You cannot live that way," Marchionne said.


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Posted 25 August 2018 - 11:05 AM


 

"Fiat Chrysler-UAW scandal 'did not begin with Iacobelli,' his lawyers argue"
 
It wasn't just him.

That's what attorneys for convicted Fiat-Chrysler executive Alphons Iacobelli are arguing in court records, saying corruption between FCA and UAW officials ran deep for years.
And it's not fair to blame just Iacobelli for it, they say, claiming FCA officials bribed UAW leaders with travel, jewelry, cash and other perks long before Iacobelli came along.
"The corruption that is the focus of this case did not begin with Al Iacobelli. The practices that form the backbone of this case did not begin with Al Iacobelli. ... Admittedly, he was part of the problem. He was not the problem," attorney David DuMouchel wrote in a sentencing memo Monday.
 
As the implicated list of IUAW names gets longer.....Who will be next to be named in this plea agreement???
 
If one was looking for a firm to negotiate with the government on a tax case, would one pick a firm that's got numerous federally indicted members in trial proceedings facing tax fraud charges of their own, to sit across the table from the IRS? on ones behalf? But wait, the IUAW will stay completely focused on our best interests.  Besides the IUAW isn`t facing the IRS....Right? Just being named in court proceedings by the EEOC and DOL isn`t the same thing. Right? 
 
 

 


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Posted 25 August 2018 - 11:38 AM

And now with tariffs, aluminum prices, Asia/Europe,federal investigations, and yet another "Ford lowers full year outlook" headlines, get ready for more concessions. Good thing they took care of themselves in Detroit had to get that 31% bump before they sit down in 2019.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 11:39 AM

And now with tariffs, aluminum prices, Asia/Europe,federal investigations, and yet another "Ford lowers full year outlook" headlines, get ready for more concessions. Good thing they took care of themselves in Detroit... Just had to get that 31% bump before they sit down in 2019.
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Posted 20 September 2018 - 09:20 AM

Jalopnik Reviews
Ryan Felton - 11 minutes ago

The UAW Corruption Probe Widens

"If proven, this says that the union leadership is corrupt."
"Thats a biting line from University of Michigan business professor Erik Gordon, in a story today from The Detroit News about the federal corruption probe of the United Auto Workers and Fiat-Chrysler.
Now, the News reports, the feds are looking at certain expenditures from a UAW-funded trip to Palm Springs, and by funded I mean use official member dues:"

 

 

"UAW officials spent member dues from 2014 to 2016 in Palm Springs for little, if any, legitimate union business or labor-management purposes, according to a key government witness who is helping investigators unravel a broad conspiracy that has shaken the auto industry. During those three years, the union spent $953,692 in Palm Springs, according to the UAWs annual financial filings.
The allegations reveal a new thread of a federal corruption investigation into a multimillion-dollar conspiracy involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The focus on Palm Springs is emerging at a crossroads in the investigation as federal prosecutors have secured convictions against all seven labor leaders and auto executives charged so far."

 

 

"The problem is that the IUAW has long said that member dues "weren`t" used in the years-long conspiracy, which has so far resulted in the indictment of several UAW and FCA officials. A IUAW spokesperson told the News the reported expenses were publicly-known and reasonable."

REASONABLE..?.... sure why not
■$6,912 at the London Chop House.
■$6,678 on flights between Detroit and California.
■$4,587 spent at LGs Prime Steakhouse in Palm Springs.
■$1,259 for luggage.
■$1,652 at Cardliff Limousine in Palm Springs.
■More than $1,800 at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
■More than $1,800 at St. John Knits and other retail stores in and around Palm Springs.
■More than $6,900 at the Renaissance Resort & Spa in Palm Springs.
■$1,160 for a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes at Neiman Marcus.
■More than $1,700 for a set of graphite womens golf clubs and a diva cart bag.
■More than $1,000 at Divalicious and other retail stores in Orlando, Florida, and Clinton Township.
■$1,217 at Salon Bilal in Pasadena, California.

 

A girls gotta have her hair done to be seen with her Diva Cart Bag... yaaa know


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Posted 20 September 2018 - 01:20 PM

"In the UAW investigation, federal court records provide more specifics about Palm Springs expenses than what is contained in the UAW's annual financial reports filed with the U.S. Department of Labor."

"The UAW refused to provide The News an itemized list of Palm Springs expenses or copies of audited financial statements."

"For companies, travel and entertainment is often where they hide things," said Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor. "If UAW officials are out there six weeks for a one-week conference, what was the justification?"

"Theres a requirement when dues are being spent that everything be properly accounted for," Henning added. "You cant spend money for personal benefit. If its a lot of money going to individual officials, then there are also tax issues."

Palm Springs is playing an increasingly significant role in the investigation.


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:48 AM

It seems like in the mid 90`s going into the millennium the local at the plant I worked at then,started,,,well an elected UAW official  outright told me "We wont stand in the way of anyone making a "DEAL" and when I continued pressing him for representation and all I wanted was equal enforcement of the contract I was slammed by an  elected UAW official  "if they don't like you I cant help you".From that point on solidarity took a big step backwards.As a result,union employees see a benefit if they kiss-ass,cut the bosses lawn and throw each other under the bus and if they got a "DEAL" it is their "DEAL" that comes first not solidarity.When I first started out any special assignments were offered to the higher seniority employee first and if they cant do it,only then,would I understand giving the assignment to a lower seniority employee.I am currently at the best UAW local I have ever been at now.The rep is always available,the workers are more laid back and not trying to cut each others throat for a "DEAL".It is a much less hostile atmosphere than working in a "DEAL" shop.I read that the Feds are not finished investigating collusion and corruption between the IUAW and the big 3.You know darn well that "DEAL" making goes all the way up to the top, now proving it may be difficult.All most union workers want is a fair contract that is equally enforced.I understand that Ford Motor signs my paychecks and the company deserves respect.All I expect for my union dues is, no special overtime deals,no special attendance rules,no special tools given out,no arbitrary and capricious disciplinary actions,just to name a few.I hope,if guilty,they all go to prison and get their ass kicked.


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