Corruption, like most embarrassing things, rolls downhill. At least that’s the case for one of Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates.
He must have picked up a few tricks from his beloved Clintons because the Former United Auto Workers vice president Norwood Jewell became the highest ranking labor official to plead guilty to violating federal labor law thanks to his shady dealings.
According to the Free Beacon, Jewell served as a superdelegate during the 2016 primary battle between Hillary Clinton and insurgent socialist senator Bernie Sanders. He is still listed as a DNC member on the Michigan Democratic Party’s website with his term set to expire in 2020. Federal authorities announced indictments against top labor officials in 2017. Jewell, the UAW’s lead negotiator for Chrysler, was implicated in the scandal in January 2018 and indicted in March 2019 before pleading guilty on Tuesday.
He spent or approved the spending of more than $40,000 in worker training funds on fancy, $5,000-plus steak dinners and golf outings for himself and other members of the union bargaining team, the federal government says, according to Mlive.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, Jewell on Tuesday, April 2, pleaded guilty in Detroit federal court to a count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act.
The deal calls for a prison sentence of between a year and 15 months, significantly less than the maximum possible sentence of five years in prison.
Before he resigned at the end of 2016, Jewell was a United Auto Workers vice president and the senior UAW official dealing with Fiat Chrysler from 2014 through 2016.
According to information filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office, a “culture of corruption” existed at the executive level of the union and involved a scheme in which Fiat Chrysler executives bribed union leaders to receive favorable consideration in contract negotiations.
Ex-UAW VP Norwood Jewell pleads guilty in Fiat Chrysler bribery scheme as part of deal, says training funds were misappropriated accidentally, not intentionally @mlivehttps://t.co/wKwOwFEWVX