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BY: Bill McMorris
A group of frustrated former UAW members say that the union has not done enough to punish a former vice president who pled guilty in connection to a bribery scandal.
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Genesee County Clerk-Register John Gleason is spearheading a campaign to remove Norwood Jewell's name from the property of United Auto Workers' halls both at the local and national level. Gleason's grandfather is mentioned on a plaque at Michigan's Sitdown Striker's Monument. He said it's an insult that Jewell, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges, should grace the same monument. His portrait remained on display in local UAW offices following the news.
"Norwood Jewell's name can't be found anywhere in the International but now we need to remove from the Locals," Gleason, a former UAW member, said.
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Gleason has helped launched a petition calling on the UAW to expunge his name from the monument, his portrait from local union halls, and his name from other commemorative records. Jewell had led negotiations with Chrysler on behalf of the union before a federal investigation revealed that he and other top officials had accepted millions of dollars in trips, luxury goods, car, and even house payments, from the company. The petition says those actions are nothing short of "treasonous" to the guiding ethos of the labor movement.
"We the concerned undersigned citizens petition the UAW International Union to remove the convicted, treacherous, felon UAW Vice President, Fiat Chrysler Automobile Norwood Jewell's likeness, photos, name and all reminders from all UAW property in an efficient and expedited [manner]," the petition says.
UAW - Spokesman - Petition - Union - Statement
A UAW spokesman declined to comment on the petition beyond pointing to the union's statement following Jewell's guilty plea. The union acknowledged the frustration that members may feel about...
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