Numerous raids were conducted Wednesday on United Auto Workers leaders at six locations in four states, Michigan, California, Wisconsin, and Missouri.
The six locations included the suburban Detroit home of United Auto Workers President Gary Jones, and former President Dennis Williams, in California, as reported by the Detroit News. These raids are highlighting the possibility the federal government assuming oversight of the union.
There could even be federal anti-racketeering charges. “This is the nuclear option,” Peter Henning, former Wayne University Law Professor and former Prosecutor said.
This comes after a four-year investigation into bribes, kickbacks and attempts by auto executives to influence labor talks with the United Auto Workers.
Charges have already been brought against nine people, and eight others have gone to prison. All 17 were connected to the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Wednesday’s raids uncovered “wads” of cash and files that could help federal investigators in their case against UAW leaders for abuse. Dues paid by blue-collar workers were frivolously and improperly spent.
UAW leaders are alleged to have been spending membership dues on personal luxuries. Federal agents are also investigating allegations that labor leaders received money or benefits through tax-exempt non-profits.
Even leftists and socialists are calling out the UAW for their corruption.
The union issued a statement, saying that it is cooperating with federal agents and that the issuing of search warrants was unnecessary. Of course, they would say that.
“The UAW and President Gary Jones have always fully cooperated with the government investigators in this matter. President Jones is determined to uncover and address any and all wrongdoing, wherever it might lead.”
“The UAW has voluntarily responded to every request the government has made through the course of its investigation, produced literally hundreds of thousands of documents and other materials to the government, and most importantly, when wrongdoing has been discovered, we have taken strong action against it.” Really?
Negotiations between Fiat Chrysler Automakers and the UAW are heating up, as labor contracts are set to expire on September 15. Investigations into corruption allegations is not what the UAW, which has been hemorrhaging membership in recent years, needs at this point, since they need membership approval of any new contract.
If rank-and file union members lose confidence in union leadership, it would hinder any negotiations with automakers.
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