UAW President Gary Jones Resigns As Union Moves To Expel Him

WWJ News
November 20, 2019 - 5:13 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - United Auto Workers President Gary Jones has resigned from the union amid a corruption probe. 

This comes after the UAW International Executive Board on Wednesday announced that it has filed charges against President Gary Jones and Regional 5 Director Vance Pearson, seeking to remove them from their elected positions and to expel them from membership in the union.

The Article 30 charges, signed by the entire International Executive Board, assert that Gary Jones and Vance Pearson directed the submission of false, misleading and inaccurate expense records to the UAW Accounting Department and further concealed the true information concerning those expenses, in violation of the UAW’s Ethical Practices Code and applicable federal labor laws.     

Wednesday afternoon, an attorney for Jones issued this statement: 

"Earlier today Gary Jones informed the UAW that effective immediately he has resigned his position as union president and retired from the union. Gary has been a member of the UAW for 44 years and began as a factory worker and worked his way up to president of the union where he led the union in its recent strike against GM. Gary made the decision to retire before learning of the charges filed earlier today and did so in order to allow the union to focus on its core mission to improve the lives of its members and families.

"Gary appreciates the support provided to him by his family and friends and offered the following quote: 'While I don’t know what my lord and Savior Jesus Christ has in store for me, I will look to him for guidance and support in the days and months to come.'"

More than a dozen people have been charged criminally in an federal investigation into union corruption, including former UAW-GM Vice President Joe Ashton. 

While Jones and Pearson have been implicated in the scandal, neither has yet been charged. 

“This is a somber day, but our UAW Constitution has provided the necessary tools to deal with these charges,” said UAW Acting President Rory Gamble, in a media release. “We are committed at the UAW to take all necessary steps including continuing to implement ethics reforms and greater financial controls to prevent these type of charges from ever happening again.”

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