About the PRB

The Public Review Board (PRB) was established on April 8, 1957, by action of the delegates to the sixteenth Constitutional Convention of the International Union UAW. The PRB is currently composed of four members. See Public Review Board members.

Article 32, §1, of the UAW Constitution defines the purpose of the PRB.  It states that the PRB was formed “…for the purpose of insuring a continuation of the high moral and ethical standards in the administrative and operative practices of the International Union and its subordinate bodies, and to further strengthen the democratic processes and appeal procedures within the Union as they affect the rights and privileges of individual members and subordinate bodies.”

The PRB has Constitutional authority in two separate types of actions.  The PRB, jointly with the Convention Appeals Committee (CAC), acts as the final appellate authority under the internal remedial procedures described in Article 33 of the UAW Constitution.  In addition, the PRB is the exclusive appellate authority for Complaints related to alleged violations of the UAW’s Ethical Practices Codes.

In both of these types of actions, the PRB operates strictly as an appellate body.  Under Article 33, §3(f), the PRB has jurisdiction to review decisions of the International Executive Board (IEB), but the member must initiate the appeal at the proper level as described in Article 33, §2, of the Constitution.  See “How to file an Appeal.”  In general, the IEB is the Constitutional body charged with the task of investigating and resolving factual disputes.

Ethical Practices Complaints must also be filed at the appropriate level as defined in Article 32, §5 of the Constitution.  Although the IEB has initial responsibility for investigating Ethical Practices Complaints, Article 32 requires the International President to forward a copy of any such Complaint to the PRB and to keep the Chairperson advised of the progress of the case.  The PRB may assume jurisdiction over these cases if it is dissatisfied with the IEB’s action, even if no appeal is filed.

 

 

The Public Review Board International Union

Members
Harry C. Katz 2007 — Present
Maria L. Ontiveros 2004 — Present
James J. Brudney 2000 — Present
Janice R. Bellace 1993 — Present
Calvin William Sharpe 2009 — 2014
Fred Feinstein 2008 — 2014
Marilyn V. Yarborough 1998 — 2004
Eleanor Holmes Norton 1989 — 1991
Paul C. Weiler 1980 — 2006
George W. Adams 1977 — 1979
Benjamin Aaron 1975 — 2007
Theodore J. St. Antoine 1973 — 2008
James E. Jones, Jr. 1970 — 2008
Hon. Frank W. McColloch 1970 — 1988
Harry W. Arthurs 1967 — 1976
Rabbi Jacob J. Weinstein 1966 — 1975
Robben Wright Fleming 1966 — 1972
George N. Leighton 1962 — 1970
Dr. Henry H. Crane 1962 — 1970
Dr. Henry Steele Commager 1961 — 1965
Judge George E. Bowles 1961 — 1962
Dr. Jean T. McKelvey 1960 — 1998
Willard Wirtz 1960 — 1961
Msgr. George G. Higgins 1957 — 2000
Magistrate J. Arthur Hanrahan 1957 — 1966
Rabbi Morris Adler 1957 — 1966
Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam 1957 — 1962
Judge Wade H. McCree, Jr. 1957 — 1961
Dr. Edwin Witte 1957 — 1960
Dr. Clark Kerr 1957 — 1959

Executive Directors
Carmen Parcelli – Ex. Director 2019 — Present
Barbara A. Klein – Ex. Director 2004 — 2019
David Y. Klein – Ex. Director 1960 — 2003
James H. Brooks – Ex. Director 1959 — 1960
Walter E. Oberer – Ex. Director 1957 — 1959

Office Administrator
Pamela Klingbeil 1979 — Present

Clerical Staff
Linda Coaton 1998 — 2019