Detroit, Michigan – The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has agreed to a consent decree with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, settling a long-running corruption investigation that led to convictions or guilty pleas from several Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) executives and union officials including ousted president Gary Jones.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed anti-corruption and anti-fraud civil lawsuits against the UAW and immediately agreed to a consent order, effectively settling those cases with the union.
The court will appoint an independent monitor who will have the authority to exercise disciplinary powers within the UAW, to investigate possible fraud or corruption within the union, and to seek discipline against UAW officers for the next six years. The union will pay the monitor’s salary and expenses, and the monitor will not be allowed to conduct any other union business such as contract negotiations.
The UAW will conduct a binding, secret-ballot referendum of its membership to determine whether to change the UAW’s election method from the current delegate system to a direct election model, where the entire UAW membership could vote for the UAW president and the other members of the UAW’s International executive board.
If members agree to direction election, the president will be selected by the membership as a whole for the 2022 election cycle.
The UAW also agreed to resolve a tax investigation by making a payment of $1.5 million to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in connection with administrative fees that the union received from the three joint training centers that were operated with the three car manufacturers. In addition, the UAW has already paid back more than $15 million to the training centers for improper chargebacks that the union received from two of the training centers. This money will be used by joint programs for the health and safety of auto workers.
U.S. Attorney Schneider said, “The men and women of the UAW deserve honest and faithful leaders dedicated to serving the best interests of the membership. Today’s settlement provides independent oversight to investigate and eliminate corruption within the union. It also brings real democratic change to the union by giving the membership the opportunity to decide for themselves whether to institute a direct election system.”
UAW President Rory Gamble said the agreement “builds upon the many reforms that the UAW has initiated and put in place ourselves over the past 13 months. This civil resolution brings to a close the government’s investigation and is testament to the hard work that has been done to make the necessary structural and cultural changes.”
Timothy Waters, special agent in charge of the FBI in Michigan said, “The 15 convictions obtained during this years-long investigation make it clear UAW leadership has been unworthy of its members’ trust for some time. This agreement is a result of the hard work done by the FBI, IRS, Department of Labor, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute the leaders who were engaged in corruption at the UAW.”
The fifteen individuals convicted of fraud and corruption crimes include:
- Former UAW Vice President Joseph Ashton: 30 months in prison
- Former FCA Vice President for Employee Relations Alphons Iacobelli: 66 months in prison
- Former FCA Financial Analyst Jerome Durden: 15 months in prison
- Former Director of FCA’s Employee Relations Department Michael Brown: 12 months in prison
- Former senior UAW officials Virdell King: 60 days in prison
- Keith Mickens: 12 months in prison
- Nancy A. Johnson: 12 months in prison
- Monica Morgan, the widow of UAW Vice President General Holiefield: 18 months in prison
- Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell: 15 months in prison
- Former senior UAW official Michael Grimes: 28 months
The following UAW officials have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing:
- Former UAW President Gary Jones
- Former senior UAW official Jeffrey Pietrzyk
- Former UAW Region 5 Director and UAW Board member Vance Pearson
- Former UAW Midwest CAP President Edward “Nick” Robinson
- Former UAW President Dennis Williams.
Dearborn, Michigan – Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 hybrid powertrian has the best combined fuel economy rating for gas-powered full-size light-duty pickups with an EPA-estimated 25mpg on 4x2 models and 24mpg for the 4x4 – topping even the significantly less powerful diesel option.
The 4x2 PowerBoost, with EPA-estimated ratings of 25mpg city and 26mpg highway, has an EPA-estimated range of 750 miles on a single tank of gas.
“Our team spent months living with and observing truck customers at their homes, on job sites and on the weekends,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product platform and operations officer. “Using electrification, we realized we could now give customers something they had long wanted but didn’t think was possible – tremendous power, great fuel economy, and all-new capabilities to make their F-150 even more productive.”
Delivering 430hp and 570 lb-ft of torque – the most torque ever for F-150 – the 4x2 PowerBoost truck is rated at a maximum 12,700 lb of conventional towing with Max Trailer Tow Package and a maximum payload of 2,120 lb.
Pro Power Onboard is standard on PowerBoost-equipped F-150 with 2.4kW of exportable power on tap at outlets in the cabin and cargo box. The optional 7.2kW output provides up to 18x more exportable power than the nearest competitor.
|Engine||Drive||City mpg||Highway mpg||Combined mpg||Horsepower||Torque|
|3.3L V6||4x2||20mpg||24mpg||21mpg||290hp||265 lb-ft|
|3.3L V6||4x4||19mpg||22mpg||20mpg||290hp||265 lb-ft|
|2.7 EcoBoost V6||4x2||20mpg||26mpg||22mpg||325hp||400 lb-ft|
|2.7L EcoBoost V6||4x4||19mpg||24mpg||21mpg||325hp||400 lb-ft|
|5L V8||4x2||17mpg||24mpg||20mpg||400hp||410 lb-ft|
|5L V8||4x4||16mpg||22mpg||19mpg||400hp||410 lb-ft|
|3.5L EcoBoost V6||4x2||18mpg||24mpg||20mpg||400hp||500 lb-ft|
|3.5L EcoBost V6||4x4||18mpg||23mpg||20mpg||400hp||500 lb-ft|
|3L Powerstroke diesel V6||4x4||20mpg||27mpg||23mpg||230hp||440 lb-ft|
|3.5L PowerBoost hybrid V6||4x2||25mpg||26mpg||25mpg||430hp||570 lb-ft|
|3.5L PowerBoost hybrid V6||4x4||24mpg||24mpg||24mpg||430hp||570 lb-ft|
Global leader in metal cutting, Sandvik Coromant, has announced a new partnership with Autodesk. The collaboration was officially announced on Nov. 17, 2020, at Autodesk University 2020. The announcement marks the first step of a long-term partnership between the brands, which will deliver significant benefits to the future of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
The first step of the collaboration will tackle one of the most widespread challenges in CAM; the complex task of specifying cutting tools to determine the most effective way to use them.
Introducing more than 2,500 new products per year, Sandvik Coromant is known for its expertise in machining solutions. The partnership will allow Sandvik Coromant to share this knowledge with even more CAM users in Autodesk Fusion 360.
“Today’s manufacturing world is increasingly competitive,” explains Jonas Ström, product manager at Sandvik Coromant. “Materials are lighter, harder and stronger, machines are more advanced, batch sizes are smaller and component design is increasingly complex – all of this leads to an increased need for CAM programming and skilled CAM users.
“As engineers, CAM users love seeking new technologies and testing solutions, but they are often limited by the time constraints associated with CNC machining. By providing them access to tool information, recommendations, and knowledge of unique machining methods at the click of a button, we hope to simplify their process,” Ström notes.
Typically, CAM users rely on manually transferring data from tooling catalogues and inputting the parameters into CAM software. This process is often laborious and can increase time-to-market expectations.
“Manufacturing and metal cutting are already complex processes, and they’re often made more difficult by manually managing tooling information resulting in delayed setup times and increased room for machining error,” says Srinath Jonnalagadda, vice president of business strategy for design and manufacturing at Autodesk. “By pairing our CAM software solutions with Sandvik Coromant’s deep tooling knowledge and expertise, we’re helping customers reduce time and improve efficiency in the preparation phase.”
The Autodesk partnership is part of a long-term vision for Sandvik Coromant. The two companies have similar goals – to help customers stay competitive with new technologies and to provide digital design and manufacturing solutions.
The first step in this new partnership will remove the time-consuming nature of data selection by providing Autodesk customers with access to the Sandvik Coromant tool data.
Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc., a leading global supplier of machine tools, contract manufacturing, and engineering services, was named the Manufacturer of the Year by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce in a virtual event and ceremony presented by Illinois Bank & Trust. The committee presented the award during a virtual event with the theme of “Future-Ready Manufacturing: Thriving in a Fast-Changing World”. This compliments the various ways Ingersoll contributed to the community but specifically to their growing and diverse customer base in 2020.
Ingersoll CEO Chip Storie accepted the award and commented, “It is a great honor and achievement in a community filled with manufacturing companies. In what has been a challenging year, we relied upon our talented employees to stay focused on delivering the highest value solutions to our customers.”
Ingersoll presented the committee with a list of accomplishments and initiatives that includes work for critical space and defense programs, a progressive product portfolio that serves various technologies and industries, as well as a dedication to data and the use of it to advance manufacturing.
“We have to expand to support the demands of our customers. The success that we found in 2020 now brings us the opportunity to bring even more people onto our team in 2021,” Storie says.
Ingersoll recently announced that they will expand both their assembly facility and their contract manufacturing business. They break ground in early 2021 on a 50,000ft2 expansion and modernization effort that will further increase capacity and employment levels.