Brothers and Sisters of UAW Local 74 –

A Federal court announced last Wednesday that prosecutors filed charges against Monica Morgan, the wife of the late United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield, and former Fiat Chrysler Vice President Alphons Iacobelli for violating the Labor Management Relations Act. General Holiefield served as UAW’s top negotiator with Fiat Chrysler. Holiefield passed away in 2015. Iacobelli, who was in charge of negotiating with the UAW, allegedly directed $1.2 million to union leaders in the form of jewelry, travel, furniture, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash transfers to companies Monica Morgan managed. Iacobelli also allegedly paid off the $262,219 mortgage balance on a home owned by Morgan and Holiefield. At the epicenter of the scandal is the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit where the supposed bribes were funneled through to their designated beneficiaries. These payments came as the union negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the company in 2011 and 2015.

Wednesday’s bribery charges are a direct violation of the Labor Management Relations Act, which prohibits employers from bribing union officials and bans union officials from accepting bribes. The allegations also stand in stark contrast to the principles and guidelines set forth in the UAW Constitution.

These allegations certainly call into question the integrity of the contracts that were negotiated between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler during this time period. It also seems to confirm the suspicion held by many UAW workers of a sense collaboration between UAW officials and auto executives. It also gives further credence to doubts surrounding political endorsements made from the top down.

This recent development is another huge stain to the name of the UAW. If found guilty, the parties involved in giving and accepting bribes should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We, as dues paying members, deserve to be fairly represented. We cannot and will not accept our union being contaminated by vermin that put their personal gain above the workers that they falsely claim to represent. It’s time to clean house!

In Solidarity,
Chris Laursen
President, UAW Local 74