Thursday, December 05, 2019

Corrupt Union Leader

Retired vice president of the United Auto Workers, Joe Ashton, pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption charges, admitting he received a $250,000 kickback after arranging a contract for 58,000 watches.  He awarded a $3.9 million contract from the UAW-GM training center for thousands of watches that remain in storage. The government said they were never given to union members.

Ten people with ties to the UAW have been charged in the corruption investigation; eight have pleaded guilty, including the widow of a union vice president. Separately, three people who worked at Fiat Chrysler have been convicted.

The UAW said Ashton’s crimes are “against everything we stand for.”

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