Another Official Charged in UAW-Chrysler Bribery Scandal

Washington Free Beacon | 3/13/2018 | Bill McMorris
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BY: Bill McMorris

Another senior union official has been charged in connection to a bribery scandal at Fiat Chrysler.

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On Tuesday, the Department of Justice accused Keith Mickens, the former United Auto Workers codirector of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, of diverting money from worker training for his own purposes. Mickens is accused of using the funds to purchase high-end luggage, clothes, electronics, and golf equipment in violation of the National Labor Relations Act, according to the Detroit News. Mickens is the fifth labor or company official found in connection to the scheme to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars that were supposed to benefit workers.

Federal labor filings show that the union paid Mickens a $115,000 salary as well as $12,500 in reimbursements for business purposes in 2015, his last year with the labor organization. This is not Mickens's first run-in with scandal. In 2015 he was accused of groping a sleeping woman in a federal civil lawsuit. A judge dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds following a UAW objection.

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Mickens did not answer calls to his home from the Washington Free Beacon.

Four people have pled guilty to breaking federal labor laws prohibiting companies from bribing union officials as well as barring labor representatives from accepting personal rewards from company officials. In January former Fiat Chrysler vice president Alphons Iacobelli admitted to embezzling $1.5 million from the training center to line his own pockets, as well as pay off UAW officials. Iacobelli used the money to pay one senior...
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