2 former officers of Pontiac UAW Local 594 sentenced to prison

by News on December 21, 2011

in State and Local, Union Politics and Transparency

By Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press

Two former UAW officers from a Pontiac local were sentenced Monday for conspiring to commit extortion in an 8-year-old case resulting from a strike 14 years ago at a General Motors truck plant in Pontiac.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds sentenced Donny Douglas, 70, a former UAW international representative, to 18 months in prison. Jay Campbell, 70, a former president of UAW Local 594 in Pontiac, was sentenced to 12 months and one day. Both were convicted by a jury in 2006 on charges that they agreed to settle an 87-day strike at a GM Pontiac truck plant in 1997 only after GM agreed to hire Campbell’s son, Gordon, and Todd Fante, son-in-law of former UAW Local 594 official Clarence Powell.

Neither the younger Campbell nor Fante were technically qualified for the skilled trades jobs, which paid as much as $150,000 a year, or about twice what a veteran UAW production worker earns and nearly quadruple what an entry-level UAW worker makes today.


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