DETROIT — One unusual meeting about corruption within the UAW happened here last week, while another one was canceled at the last minute.
UAW President Rory Gamble and U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider discussed potentially having an "independent monitor" ensure progress is made on efforts to reform the union.
But in a separate matter, a federal appeals court allowed a planned meeting between the CEOs of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to be called off. GM's Mary Barra and FCA's Mike Manley had been ordered to talk in person by Wednesday, July 1, in an effort to resolve GM's racketeering lawsuit accusing FCA of bribing union officials.
GM had labeled the earlier ruling by District Judge Paul Borman, who called the suit a "waste of time and resources" during the coronavirus pandemic, "a profound abuse of power."
GM wants Borman removed from the case, which FCA says is meritless. The suit claims FCA paid off UAW negotiators to put GM at a labor-cost disadvantage and help force a merger between the two automakers.