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.