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United States: several union leaders at United Automobile Workers accused of corruption
Planet Labor, 22 November 2019, n°11500 -

Two big bombshells in Detroit. Gary Jones, president of the United Automobile Workers union, has resigned from his role, while automobile manufacturing group General Motors has filed a lawsuit against competitor Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over alleged corruption. GM accuses FCA of having bribed representatives of the UAW in order to obtain “unique advantages, different and distinct”, a move that was intended to weaken GM and encourage it to merge with FCA. Dubbed ‘Operation Cylinder’, the push for a merger was led by late Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne but ultimately proved unsuccessful. Mary Barra, CEO of GM, firmly refused the merger operation in 2015.

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