DETROIT (AP) – Leaders of the United Auto Workers union are trying to force President Gary Jones and Regional Director Vance Pearson out of office due to a widening federal bribery and embezzlement probe.
The union says in a statement Wednesday that its executive board filed papers under the UAW’s constitution to expel the men from the union.READ MORE: Lansing Podiatrist Pleads Guilty In Sex-For-Drugs Scheme
The papers say that Jones and Pearson directed submission of bogus expense records and concealed where the money went, violating ethics procedures and federal labor laws.READ MORE: Detroit Police Seek Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of 16-Year-Old Boy
Pearson has been charged with embezzling thousands of to pay for expensive cigars and wines, golf greens fees, clothing and to rent a lavish villa in California. Jones has not been charged but federal authorities raided his suburban Detroit home in August.
The move comes amid a lawsuit filed by General Motors against Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday alleging that its crosstown rival bribed union officials to get lower labor costs.MORE NEWS: Parking Dispute Over Tire Chalking In Saginaw Could Cover Thousands
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