A group of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) employees is suing the FCA and the United Auto Workers (UAW), for racketeering and conspiracy, claiming they are the real victims of an ongoing corruption scandal, Detroit Free Press reported.
27 Toledo auto workers listed as plaintiffs said the UAW buried their concerns about pay and employment status because Union officials received such lavish benefits – trips, gourmet meals, mortgage payments – discovered during an ongoing Federal investigation.
This investigation led to 14 convictions of former FCA members and Union officials, including former Union President Gary Jones and Joe Ashton, who once sat on the General Motors Board of Directors, and forced the UAW to negotiate with the U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit over future reform.
The lawsuit, filed in Federal court in Toledo, which also names the accused as the accused in many corruption-related cases, seeks triple damages (no specific amount is specified) depending on the nature of the case.
Ken Myers, a lawyer representing FCA Toledo employees, said details in the latest lawsuit demonstrate how the corruption scheme directly affected workers. FCA is currently building its popular Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator models in Toledo.
The FCA, however, pushed back against the claim. “We reject the allegations in this lawsuit and are prepared to vigorously defend the company,” FCA spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in a statement.
UAW spokesman Brian Rotenberg said the Union could not comment on pending litigation. However, he noted that the case “has been reviewed by the UAW structure, including an independent public review Commission in the past.”
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