Current United Auto Workers President Gary Jones wrote a new column for the Detroit Free Press, which published this Sunday. His message was clear to union members and GM: the UAW plans to fight to ensure the automaker invests in the United States.
Aside from the battle cries for U.S investment, work to save the four affected plants GM intends to shut down, and calls for GM to focus SUV and crossover production at home, Jones failed to mention a sliver of the corruption turmoil that has swallowed the union in the past few years.
Indeed, federal investigations have probed the UAW and top GM-UAW officials for inappropriate use of training center funds. Last year, allegations landed on former UAW President Dennis Williams, who allegedly gave the green light to fund lavish expenses with training center funds. The FBI expanded its probe to include GM heads back in 2017.
The UAW, obviously, wants to keep the issue locked down as it prepares to go to war over the next GM-UAW labor contract, which expires this September.
Jones said, “Bargaining collectively is beneficial to the economy and to society as a whole, as it helps to promote a community that empowers its citizens” and it “allows us to provide our members with the wages they deserve, fair performance ratings, career advancement opportunities and the overall ability to hold the employer accountable.”
He also alluded that not every UAW member will be able to take a transfer job away from their current plant, which GM has been keen to show to the public. Not to mention, Jones says the plant closures will still leave a hole in local economies. We’ve already begun to see the effects surrounding the impending closure of the Lordstown plant in Ohio.