Go Ahead! Look Under UAW’s Hood

The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) created an expanding collection of United Auto Workers (UAW) financial reports that honest UAW union officials, members, forced-fee payers, vendors, and you may review at your leisure. You may discover irregularities that federal investigators and others missed. Go ahead, look under UAW’s financial hood.

Multiple federal reports located at different agencies with varied degrees of culpability and disclosure detail can help conceal union activities. By pulling together many of these sources of union financial activities, we hope to help you in your research.

The National Institute for Labor Relations Research’s collection of UAW financial reports provides you the tools and will continue to update the collection as new reports become available.

Links to NILRR.org Published UAW Records

Below are the regularly updated links to our available UAW Financial Report — The Numbers Behind The Scandals installments. The first installment includes UAW Form LM-2 Labor Organization Financial Disclosures since 2000. (The UAW’s 2019 disclosure report is delayed likely due to union officers employing USDOL’s coronavirus reporting deadline extension. Installments will be updated as staff gather new information.

Help the Feds

Federal investigators with subpoena power have looked over the United Auto Workers (UAW) books and with the help of plea deals have uncovered scandal after scandal.  Perhaps your review of these UAW records will expose other scandals or add insights to current federal cases. 

You can help clean-up the corruption at the United Auto Workers (UAW). We will publish hundreds of financial reports to help you perform your own research.  And, if you see anything askew in these UAW reports, please feel free to contact the Detroit region U.S. Department of Labor investigators with your concerns (call 414-297-1501).

The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR.org) provides for your convivence years of UAW reports filed by union officials, government grantors, and others.  If you would like to try your hand at helping clean up the UAW or possibly expose more UAW corruption, this should provide a good start for you. 

Perhaps you are simply curious about union reports and want to learn more about what union officials are required to file. These documents will provide insight into publicly available information regarding most private sector unions and many larger primarily public sector unions like the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and federal employee unions. 

The two primary sources for these UAW-related reports in our collection are the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)[i] and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) provides multiple different disclosures: Form LM-2 Labor Organization Annual Reports, LM-30 Labor Organization Officer and Employee Report (conflict-of-interest reports), Form LM-10 Employer Report related to UAW employees and officers (LM-10), other related LM forms, USDOL apprenticeship and training grant awards paid to UAW-controlled entities, IRS tax forms, and related ERISA 5500 (an IRS-USDOL form).

UAW’s Extraordinary Influence

While UAW[iv] union officials arrests grabbed headlines, other UAW organizers have been steering the union away from its old lines while the UAW VEBA has been using its taxpayer-funded[v] billions to buy significant holdings in employers.  This UAW VEBA buy up creates substantial power for UAAW union officials and builds substantial conflict and tremendous disadvantageous for other shareholders.

Imagine, knowing when a strike is against the company is going to happen and selling stocks while it is at peak before rumors of a strike are even heard.  You could sell the stock near its peak, before your union undermines the company’s value.  Reportedly, the UAW VEBA did that to the tune of $1.5 billion.  The union even convinced the company to buyback the stock to preserve a sell-off. 

When most people think of the UAW, they think of factory workers at 40,000 plus-employee car manufacturers’ facilities.  Until the recent economic boom, the new UAW’s growth has not been in manufacturing, but in the service and professional industries.  It appeared that by 2012, UAW tacticians had decided to allow manufacturing to fade away and divert auto workers’ union resources to seek service industries and public sector employee representation as the UAW’s future. 

UAW Brass even modelled organizing drives after SEIU’s homecare scheme as AFSCME had done in several states. Thanks to then-Michigan Governor Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, UAW was able to organize 50,000 forced dues paying childcare workers overnight.  

Recently in the Solidarity Magazine Winter 2019[vi], UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry wrote that the union sees the potential for 7,350 new UAW members coming from Harvard University, University of Washington, and the MGM Casino National Harbor (Washington, DC area). 

Before more employees squeezed onboard, they might want to consider the corruption and the finances of the UAW prior to agreeing to a UAW monopoly bargaining agreement (commonly referred to as a CBA or collective bargaining agreement).

You decide.  This National Institute for Labor Relations Research package will provide you the data to let you see some of what is under the UAW hood.

[i] Every labor organization subject to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended (LMRDA), the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA), or the Foreign Service Act (FSA) must file a financial report, Form LM-2, LM-3, or LM-4, each year with the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) of the U.S. Department of Labor. These laws cover labor organizations that represent employees who work in private industry, employees of the U.S. Postal Service, and most Federal government employees. Labor organizations that represent or include only state, county, or municipal government employees are not covered by these laws and, therefore, are not required to file. If you have a question about whether your organization is required to file, contact the nearest OLMS field office listed at the end of these instructions.  (USDOL website last accessed 1/7/2020: https://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/efs/lm3instructions/LM3GeneralInstruct.htm)

[ii] Instructions for LM-3 union officer disclosure:  Enter the total of all other direct and indirect disbursements to each officer other than salary, including allowances, disbursements which were necessary for conducting official business of your organization, and disbursements essentially for the personal benefit of the officer and not necessary for conducting official business of your organization. Examples of disbursements to be reported in Column (E) include: allowances made by direct and indirect disbursements to each officer on a daily, weekly, monthly, or other periodic basis; allowances paid on the basis of mileage or meals; all expenses that were reimbursed directly to an officer; expenses for officers’ meals and entertainment; and various goods and services furnished to officers but charged to your organization.  (USDOL website last accessed 1/7/2020, https://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/efs/lm3instructions/LM3item24.htm)

[iii] Union officers or employees (except employees performing exclusively clerical or custodial services) must file a Form LM-30 if they or their spouses or minor children (less than 21 years of age) either directly or indirectly received certain payments, held certain interests, or engaged in certain transactions involving: (1) the employers whose employees the union represents or actively seeks to represent (i.e., the represented employer); (2) businesses, such as vendors and service providers, that buy from or sell to such employers, the official’s union, or the union’s trust; and (3) other employers from which a payment could create a conflict.  A union officer or employee is required to file the Form LM-30 only if he or she engages in a reportable transaction or holds a reportable interest.  (USDOL Website last accessed 1/7/2020: https://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/LM30_factsheet.htm)

[iv] International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) labor union representing employees in Canada and Puerto Rico as in the United States.

[v] read: https://www.heritage.org/testimony/auto-bailout-or-uaw-bailout-taxpayer-losses-came-subsidizing-union-compensation

[vi] 2017 Financial report – Solidarity Magazine Winter 2019