On Thursday, the 31st of October a top official of United Auto Workers, the Northern American automotive workers’ union accountable to oversee the welfares of its 300,000 active members and more than 650,000 retired members, had been charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in a conspiracy scheme that involved the UAW union president Gary Jones, a source familiar with the lawsuit had revealed late on Thursday (October 31st) on condition of anonymity contemplating the sensitive nature of the issue.
According to the lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Detroit, the home ground of both Ford Motor Co. and General Motor Corp., United States’ No. 2 and No. 1 automakers respectively with one of which the UAW union had been engaged in a month-long strike that costed GM more than $2 billion in cash and caused a havoc-scale disruptions in production lines, Edward Robinson, believed to be a mastermind with several UAW officials behind GM’s hourly workers’ record-long strike since 1970, was accused of alleged embezzlement of union funds and conspiracy in defrauding the United States as an attempt to steal more than $1.5 million from UAW between 2010 to 2019.
Meanwhile, as a response, the United Auto Workers union issued a statement late on Thursday (October 31st) saying, “We take any allegation or claim about the misuse of union resources very seriously. The UAW is grounded in the principle of putting our members first, and that belief has never wavered.
The UAW remains focused on negotiating and finalizing strong contracts for our members, especially during this round of auto negotiations. ”