1820 Houldieson v. Dennis Williams

Case No: 1820


The UAW’s Ethical Practices Codes prohibit officers from misusing union funds.  Although the violation of the UAW’s Ethical Practices Codes may constitute a violation of criminal law in some circumstances, the Codes apply more broadly.  Enforcement of the Ethical Practices Codes is not dependent upon whether the government has brought criminal charges against a union officer or member; rather, the Union has an independent duty to regulate itself under the Codes.  For this reason, the International Executive Board’s explanation that it did not pursue charges against former International President Dennis Williams because the government had not charged him criminally is insufficient.  The PRB remands this matter to the IEB for further investigation and consideration.