Donny Douglas & Jay
Campbell Former Leaders of the United Auto Workers Sentenced to
Prison for Extorting General Motors
December 20, 2011
Donny Douglas, 70, of Holly,
Michigan, a former United Auto Workers (“UAW”) International Servicing
Representative, and Jay Campbell, 70, of Davisburg, Michigan, a former
UAW Local 594 Chairman, were both sentenced today to terms of
imprisonment United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.
Douglas was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and Campbell was sentenced
to 12 months and one day in prison based on their June 2006 convictions
following a jury trial.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by James Vandenberg, the Special
Agent in Charge of the Department of Labor, Office of
Investigations–Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations and
FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena.
and Campbell stand convicted of conspiring to commit extortion and
conspiring to violate the Labor-Management Relations Act. The jury found
that Douglas and Campbell had conspired to commit extortion by
threatening to extend the 1997 strike at the Pontiac Truck Plant by UAW
Local 594 unless General Motors hired two unqualified, non-UAW members
who were family members or friends of the defendants as skilled
tradesmen. Based on the demands of the defendants and in order to avoid
continued significant losses from the strike, General Motors hired
Campbell’s son and a former UAW Local 594 President’s son-in-law as
journeymen even though neither man was a member of the UAW, worked for
General Motors, or was qualified for the position.
Previously, in May 2007, the district court had sentenced Douglas and
Campbell to terms of probation. These sentences were overturned on
appeal before the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Today, the
district court conducted another sentencing hearing based on the
decision of the Sixth Circuit.
The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Labor, Office
of Inspector General–Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud
Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being
prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David A. Gardey and
Kathleen Moro Nesi.