The Law Comes for Ex-UAW Boss Gary Jones

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Federal authorities have charged former United Auto Workers President Gary Jones with embezzling more than $1 million of union funds.

It’s the latest round of charges and the highest-profile target thus far in the ongoing investigation into corruption among the union’s upper ranks. A criminal information reveals Jones, who resigned as president last November, plans to plead guilty and cooperate with federal investigators.

Three of Jones’ former aides, all of whom were swept up in the corruption probe, provided assistance that led to today’s charges. The former UAW boss was one of several top execs who prosecutors say diverted union funds towards lavish living and toys.

Investigators turned up the heat on Jones early, but it was last year’s criminal proceedings against his former top aide, Edward Robinson, that brought Jones’ tenure to an end. Media reports named the UAW president as one of Robinson’s accomplices, conspiring to divert funds earmarked for workers towards trips, expensive villas, golf equipment, and high-end booze. In court records, Jones was listed as “UAW Official A.”

Authorities raided his home in August. Prosecutors claim the embezzlement took place from 2010 to last September; Jones was elected president in June of 2018.

“All UAW members including the UAW leadership are and should be angry about the charges of former UAW member Gary Jones and his alleged actions,” the union said in a statement. “This is a violation of trust, a violation of the sacred management of union dues, and goes against everything we believe in as a Union. Jones and all who betrayed the trust of our union should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, with no exceptions.”

The union’s decision to refer to a former president, one who resigned less than 4 months ago, a “member” is notable.

The long-running probe into bribery, money laundering, and embezzlement at the UAW and its Detroit Three partners has thus far convicted 13 people — three of them Fiat Chrysler officials, 10 of them UAW members. It’s not expected to end there. Jones’ predecessor, Dennis Williams, is also on the hot seat, and Jones’ cooperation could be what the feds need to pin charges on him. Williams also saw his home raided last year.

Court documents lists four unnamed co-conspirators in the Jones case.

As all of this dirt swirls in the public eye, current UAW boss Rory Gamble has vowed to root out corruption in the hopes of preventing a federal takeover of the union. Late last year, he released a comprehensive plan to encourage whistleblowing and financial transparency.

Gamble himself has come under the microscope of federal investigators, though he denies any involvement in shady financial dealings.

[Source: The Detroit News] [Image: UAW]

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  • Tonycd Tonycd on Mar 05, 2020

    If he's guilty of what they say he did, good. He's betrayed his workers, and to hell with him.

  • Blackcloud_9 Blackcloud_9 on Mar 06, 2020

    It's probably psychological but when you look at the headline and then the guy in the photo - you almost can't help but think to yourself - "Yea, that guy is on the take."

  • Varezhka I have still yet to see a Malibu on the road that didn't have a rental sticker. So yeah, GM probably lost money on every one they sold but kept it to boost their CAFE numbers.I'm personally happy that I no longer have to dread being "upgraded" to a Maxima or a Malibu anymore. And thankfully Altima is also on its way out.
  • Tassos Under incompetent, affirmative action hire Mary Barra, GM has been shooting itself in the foot on a daily basis.Whether the Malibu cancellation has been one of these shootings is NOT obvious at all.GM should be run as a PROFITABLE BUSINESS and NOT as an outfit that satisfies everybody and his mother in law's pet preferences.IF the Malibu was UNPROFITABLE, it SHOULD be canceled.More generally, if its SEGMENT is Unprofitable, and HALF the makers cancel their midsize sedans, not only will it lead to the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST ones, but the survivors will obviously be more profitable if the LOSERS were kept being produced and the SMALL PIE of midsize sedans would yield slim pickings for every participant.SO NO, I APPROVE of the demise of the unprofitable Malibu, and hope Nissan does the same to the Altima, Hyundai with the SOnata, Mazda with the Mazda 6, and as many others as it takes to make the REMAINING players, like the Excellent, sporty Accord and the Bulletproof Reliable, cheap to maintain CAMRY, more profitable and affordable.
  • GregLocock Car companies can only really sell cars that people who are new car buyers will pay a profitable price for. As it turns out fewer and fewer new car buyers want sedans. Large sedans can be nice to drive, certainly, but the number of new car buyers (the only ones that matter in this discussion) are prepared to sacrifice steering and handling for more obvious things like passenger and cargo space, or even some attempt at off roading. We know US new car buyers don't really care about handling because they fell for FWD in large cars.
  • Slavuta Why is everybody sweating? Like sedans? - go buy one. Better - 2. Let CRV/RAV rust on the dealer lot. I have 3 sedans on the driveway. My neighbor - 2. Neighbors on each of our other side - 8 SUVs.
  • Theflyersfan With sedans, especially, I wonder how many of those sales are to rental fleets. With the exception of the Civic and Accord, there are still rows of sedans mixed in with the RAV4s at every airport rental lot. I doubt the breakdown in sales is publicly published, so who knows... GM isn't out of the sedan business - Cadillac exists and I can't believe I'm typing this but they are actually decent - and I think they are making a huge mistake, especially if there's an extended oil price hike (cough...Iran...cough) and people want smaller and hybrids. But if one is only tied to the quarterly shareholder reports and not trends and the big picture, bad decisions like this get made.