Chicago-Area UAW Shop Chairman Pleads Guilty to Forgery; Sentenced

On March 5, Milton Thomas, former shop chairman of United Auto Workers Local 890, pleaded guilty in Cook County (Ill.) Circuit Court to one count of forgery in an amount of between $10,000 and $100,000 from the Morton Grove union. Thomas allegedly had made out unauthorized checks to himself and then forged disbursement vouchers to […]

Western Michigan UAW Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On March 10, Brian Rittenhouse, former financial secretary of United Auto Workers Local 1320, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of embezzlement from the Grandville (near Grand Rapids)-based union. He had been indicted for embezzlement and false record-keeping in January. The actions follow an investigation by […]

Fiat Chrysler Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay $30M for Bribing UAW Officials

There was one unfinished piece of business after Fiat Chrysler and French auto giant PSA had merged. And it was an expensive piece at that. On January 27, the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker announced that it would plead guilty in Detroit federal court to conspiring to bribe officials of the United Auto Workers with millions […]

Ex-Midwest UAW Boss Sentenced for Role in Conspiracy

On January 27, Edward “Nick” Robinson, former president of the Midwest Community Action Program (CAP) Council of the United Auto Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one year in prison and one year of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to embezzle about $1.5 million […]

UAW Secretary in Western Michigan Indicted for Embezzlement

On January 12, Brian Rittenhouse, former financial secretary of United Auto Workers Local 1320, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on one count each for embezzlement and false record-keeping against the Grandville (near Grand Rapids) union. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management […]

Justice Department, UAW Reach Settlement on Reform Plan

The United Auto Workers knew a settlement was coming. Now comes the hard part: compliance. This past Monday, December 14, Matthew Schneider, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, announced that his office and the UAW had settled a civil suit filed earlier that day against the union based on acts of fraud, embezzlement […]

Ex-UAW Vice President Joe Ashton Sentenced for Taking Bribes, Kickbacks

The unfinished business of the United Auto Workers scandal is nearing its end. A week ago, on November 17, Joe Ashton, former vice president of the UAW’s General Motors Department, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to 30 months in prison for receiving over $250,000 in illegal bribes and […]

Ohio UAW Local Official Sentenced for Embezzlement

On November 5, Douglas Dye, former unit chairman of United Auto Workers Local 12, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to one year of probation for embezzling funds from the Toledo union and another year of probation for falsifying union records to conceal the thefts. He also was ordered […]

Former UAW Treasurer in Michigan Sentenced for Theft

On August 27, Larissa Iveson, daughter of a former treasurer of United Auto Workers Local 373, was sentenced in the 12th Judicial District Court of Jackson County, Michigan to two years of probation for theft in an unspecified amount from the Litchfield-based local. She had pleaded guilty in May. The actions follow a probe by […]

Ex-UAW President Dennis Williams Charged with Embezzlement

The fall of Dennis Williams seemed as inevitable as it was anticlimactic. Yesterday, August 27, Williams, who was president of the United Auto Workers during 2014-18, was charged in Detroit federal court with conspiracy to embezzle funds from the 400,000-member union for his own use, including $56,000 for housing and luxury travel. His immediate successor, […]