General Motors announced on Wednesday that former UAW Vice President Joseph Ashton has resigned from the company’s board. Ashton’s resignation comes during a controversial time as Federal investigators look into the misuse of funds at UAW training centers funded by automakers, including GM.
Reuters reported on Ashton’s resignation, who was appointed by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits trust. The trust administers funds to pay for health benefits of GM retirees.
Ashton has not been implicated in the ongoing investigation into the misuse of funds at the UAW and authorities haven’t disclosed if the former vice president is involved in the probe at all. The investigation widened after a former Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles labor chief, Alphons Iacobelli, was charged in the probe. The former executive allegedly made $1.2 million worth of improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife and also used funds to enrich himself.
Iacobelli’s last place of reported employment was with GM, but the automaker suspended his position following a grand jury’s indictment.