DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union will tighten financial controls, ban contributions from employers and vendors to charities run by its officers, and hire an ethics officer in the wake of a federal corruption investigation.
Acting President Rory Gamble announced a package of reforms Wednesday designed to stop embezzlement and bribery that was unearthed by a continuing federal investigation into corruption that has implicated the UAW’s current and past presidents.
“I’m committed to putting in place the right mechanisms to safeguard our union, regaining the trust of our members and ensuring the misconduct that has recently come to light will never happen again,” Gamble said in a statement.
The reforms include a commitment to recover misused union money, which has angered many of the UAW’s 400,000 members and caused many to distrust its leadership.
The measures are designed to address problems with money from joint training
The federal probe, which began four years ago, last week snared a retired union
He’s accused of taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a contractor who made watches for union members. The 58,000 watches, purchased through the joint training
Federal agents have also searched the Detroit-area home of current union President Gary Jones, and the Corona, California, home of former president Dennis Williams. Neither has been charged, but Jones has taken a paid leave of absence, leaving Gamble to run the union.
Also among the reforms announced Wednesday is the hiring of an ethics ombudsman to hear and review complaints against union officials, as well as an ethics officer with the power to investigate allegations of impropriety, the statement says. The ethics officer would be an external position and would not work for the international union.
The measures also would ban all contributions from training
Gamble, who was the
The union also said it will sell a home that was being built for former President Dennis Williams at the union’s Black Lake conference
Tom Krisher, The Associated Press