UAW workers on the picket line in Lansing, Sept. 16, 2019 | Nick Manes
Amid ongoing scandal for the United Auto Workers, President Gary Jones has taken a leave of absence.
UAW Vice President Rory Gamble assumed the duties of acting president on Sunday, according to a statement from the union.
“The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future,” Jones said in a statement. “I do not want anything to distract from the mission. I want to do what’s best for the members of this great union.”
In addition to working on negotiations with the Big 3 automakers, the UAW faces a federal corruption investigation that has already resulted in multiple convictions. Jones’ Detroit-area home was searched by investigators in August.
The UAW’s membership last month ratified a contract with General Motors after a long strike. The union has a tentative contract with Ford that still requires ratification from rank-and-file members in the coming days. The union still faces a negotiation process with Fiat Chrysler Automotive, as well.
“Together throughout the last few months, we’ve achieved substantial victories for UAW members and we know that we have more work to do,” Gamble said in a statement over the weekend. “We want better health care coverage, better salaries and respect for our work. That will not change.”
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