Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the homes of
the current and former presidents of the United Auto Workers on
Wednesday, as part of a years-long probe into the union's alleged
What are the details?
Michigan home of UAW president Gary Jones was searched by a dozen or so
federal agents for six hours, and the California home of his
predecessor, Dennis Williams, was raided the same day.
The Detroit Free Press
reported that the FBI conducted a nationwide sweep of UAW-affiliated
properties on Wednesday, including "the union's northern Michigan
conference center; a UAW regional office in Missouri, where Jones was
based previously, and the home of Williams aide Amy Loasching in
According to CBS News,
"the corruption investigation has so far led to the convictions of
eight people linked to the UAW and to Fiat-Chrysler involving bribes and
kickbacks designed to influence the nation's sixth largest union's
bargaining position at contract talks with automakers."
The UAW is currently in negotiations with Detroit automakers.
raids were part of an ongoing probe launched four years ago, over
allegations of money intended for training being redirected to line the
pockets of union officials.
How did the UAW respond?
UAW issued a statement Wednesday insisting that the union and Jones
"have always fully cooperated with the government investigators in this
matter. As the leader of the UAW, President Jones is determined to
uncover and address any and all wrongdoing, wherever it might lead.
was absolutely no need for search warrants to be used by the government
today — the UAW has voluntarily responded to every request the
government has made throughout the course of its investigation, produced
literally hundreds of thousands of documents and other materials to the
government, and most importantly, when wrongdoing has been discovered,
we have taken strong action to address it. The UAW will continue to
cooperate with the government in its investigation, as we have been
"Trust in UAW leadership is never more important
than during the bargaining process, when profit-laden auto companies
stand to benefit from media leaks, false assumptions, and political
grandstanding. The sole focus of President Jones and his team will be
winning at the bargaining table for our members."