DETROIT — The president of the United Auto Workers denied wrongdoing Thursday after a newspaper reported he’s under scrutiny in a federal investigation of union corruption.
In a letter to staff, Rory Gamble said he “absolutely never requested or received any cash or kickback” from vendors who were hired to supply union-branded clothes and trinkets.
“I would not have accepted the role of president if I couldn’t withstand the scrutiny that I knew this job would bring,” said Gamble, calling the claims “scurrilous.”
The Detroit News said investigators are looking at financial connections between a union vendor and UAW leadership.
Gamble was a UAW
Gamble is serving the balance of Jones’ term, which runs until June 2022.
Ten people with ties to the UAW have been charged in the corruption investigation; eight have pleaded guilty, including the widow of a union
The Associated Press