United States: Fiat Chrysler Workers Sue Company Over Bribes to Their Union

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV workers in Ohio sued the carmaker for bribing United Auto Workers officials during a yearslong pay dispute.

A group of 27 employees at the Chrysler Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, filed their lawsuit in federal court Monday, saying UAW officials who received illegal payments were involved in deals that reduced the pay of workers. Former union and Fiat Chrysler executives already have pleaded guilty in a criminal corruption case.

The payoffs led to classifying the Toledo employees in a lower pay tier than they had been as temporary workers, according to the lawsuit. The UAW officials secretly withdrew a grievances procedure against the company in the pay dispute, and blocked an internal appeal of the dropped grievances procedure, said the workers, who are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

The original full article can be found at bloombergquint.com.

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