The Executive Committee of the UAW Federation took the step on Tuesday to eliminate the American Auto Workers Federation President Mr. Gary Jones and sack him from the union. Since this month, Gary has been on holiday because of scandals involving the misuse of union funds and bribery of union officials. So far, 11 people have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges about scandals, most of them former union officials. Others are waiting for the alleged trial.
The FBI spokesperson confirmed to CNN that Gary Jones was not illegally charged, but the FBI, Labour Department and the IRS agents performed a search warrant in mid-August at his home, which is in the suburbs of Detroit. The Detroit News stated that Gary Jones was the accusation of another union official, Mr. Pearson, and was renowned as UAW Official A Pearson and other unnamed union officials were suspect of misusing funds. Pearson did not plead guilty to the union’s allegations. He is the director of one of the union areas. He has been on vacation since the September indictment. The UAW Executive Committee also moved to remove Pearson and expelled him from the union on Wednesday. According to its latest annual report, the American Automobile Workers Federation has about 450,000 members. Although the strength of most American trade unions has weakened in recent years, the American Trade Union Confederation remains one of the most powerful unions in the United States. It just launched a seven-week strike at General Motors, which made the automaker do nothing and estimated it cost $3 billion. However, although the union won the company’s salary increase and protected the health benefits that GM hopes to cut, the American Automobile Workers’ Federation is still unable to achieve the critical area of the strike, thus retaining the three United States factories that General Motors decided to close.
UAW denied that the corruption scandal involving Fiat Chrysler affected contracts with automakers. Fiat Chrysler said the allegations in the lawsuit were unsupported and would compete with them in court. Gary Jones’ lawyer also did not respond to the request for comment. Pearson’s lawyer said his legal team is reviewing and evaluating the documents.