The latest indictment in the UAW’s long and corrupt history is Dennis Williams, former president (left in 2018). The indictment alleges that Mr. Williams and others used union funds total trips to Palm Springs, California and Missouri. The UAW paid rent for villas, golf course fees, cigars, and lavish dinners. The UAW paperwork submitted indicated that the travel and expenses were for attendance at conferences. However, there were no conferences.
This latest indictment brings the total of UAW officials criminally charged to 15. Former UAW Gary Jones has already entered a guilty plea to embezzlement and racketeering — same cities (add Coronado, CA to the list) and same sort of conduct. The bottom line is that regional and national officials were having a good time at UAW expense.
The current UAW president, Rory Gamble, is negotiating with the Justice Department to implement reforms that would settle the ongoing investigation. Ethical leadership is what the Justice Department wants. The UAW needs a federal monitor. But before that, a good housecleaning.