Fiat Chrysler says in a statement that it's astonished by the lawsuit and it assumes the legal action was meant to disrupt its proposed merger with France's PSA Peugeot and ongoing contract talks with the UAW.
It alleges FCA's actions "corrupted the implementation of the 2009 collective bargaining agreement" as well as "the negotiation, implementation, and administration of the 2011 and 2015 agreements". The attempted merger with PSA has no bearing on GM's complaint, he said.
In the suit, it includes mention of the guilty plea from former FCA VP of employee relations, Alphons Iacobelli, as well as other former employees who have taken plea deals including Jerome Durden and Michael Brown. UAW workers at Ford Motor Co F.N ratified a new contract last week, while GM workers approved a deal in late October that ended a contentious 40-day US strike.
FCA officials could not immediately be reached for comment. That said, the fact that these issues can cause doubt about the contracts is regrettable.
"As part of this bribery scheme, and to lock in the competitive efficacy of the purchased benefits, concessions and advantages for FCA, GM was denied similar union commitments and support", the lawsuit states.
After leaving Fiat Chrysler, Iacobelli went to GM's labor relations department in 2016.
He is facing charges of receiving kickbacks and taking bribes.
GM alleges that former Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, who died last year, used bribes to corrupt the collective bargaining process between the UAW and Detroit's three automakers for several years from 2009 to 2015, Glidden said.
Fiat took control of Chrysler after it emerged from a US government-funded bankruptcy in 2009.
The news of Jones came shortly after the UAW's International Executive Board filed paperwork to expel him and Regional Director Vance Pearson from the union over allegations raised by a federal investigation into union corruption that has resulted in multiple arrests starting in 2017.
Glidden alleged that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who died past year, was a "central figure" in the conspiracy, which was created to put GM at a cost disadvantage to FCA. "Marchionne authorized these bribes, and additional things of value to UAW officials, so that FCA could more effectively compete and thrive against GM and, as detailed below, ultimately attempt to force a merger with GM", the lawsuit reads.
Acting UAW president Rory Gamble announced a series of ethics reforms in the weeks after Jones's leave was announced, vowing to make the union's operations more transparent and ethical.