UAW Pres. Jones Resigns in Corruption Scandal
United Auto Workers Union President Gary Jones resigned today as a federal probe into union corruption tightens around him.
The resignation came minutes after the UAW announced it has filed a lawsuit accusing Jones (pictured) of false and misleading expense records, a step that could lead to him being expelled from the union. The Detroit News reports that six of the union’s locals also are calling for Jones to be charged with wrongdoing.
The UAW filed a similar lawsuit against Vance Pearson, a board member arrested in September on federal charges of conspiracy, embezzlement, money laundering and fraud.
Jones announced two weeks ago that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence. The move occurred days after Edward Robinson, a close associate, was indicted on charges of embezzling $1.5 million in union dues between 2010 and 2017. Prosecutors say Robinson conspired with two unnamed UAW officials, who sources have told the News are Jones and former UAW President Dennis Williams.
Jones was elected president 17 months ago. Since then, the federal probe into labor corruption at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has broadened to include union officials at General Motors.
The continuing investigations have charged 13 people and produced 10 convictions to date. The News notes that the scope of the scandal makes it likely that federal authorities will step in to take control of the UAW.
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