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2 UAW members have plan to clean out 'corrupt' leadership amid federal probe

Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

DETROIT -- Two UAW members representing thousands are seeking a special convention to strip UAW leaders implicated in a federal corruption probe of their union membership.

Union members Omar Guevara and Brian Keller want to enact articles in the UAW constitution to clean out what they call corrupt UAW leadership.

The men run Facebook pages "UAW Real Talk" with about 22,000 UAW member followers from General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Co. They also host a nightly podcast.

Guevara works for GM at Detroit-Hamtramck and Keller works for FCA's Mopar Distribution Center.

"We can fight our own leadership if the people follow our constitution and oust these guys," said Guevara.

Guevara and Keller said they want to use a special convention, in direct opposition to another group of UAW members who want to quit the union by opting out of paying dues.

 

"I've had people reach out to me, and there are a couple thousand members who want to opt out of paying union dues, but we're trying to talk them out of that," said Guevara. "That's not a good solution for our membership."

A UAW spokesman declined to comment on either matter.

Union still needed

Keller said the workers still need a union, so quitting it out of anger is not the answer.

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