Federal agents just made a major move against corruption in America by raiding the homes of some prominent union leaders.
The feds executed a series of raids across multiple states one target was the Detroit home of United Auto Workers President Gary Jones.
They also raided the California home of former President Dennis Williams. Wow, Bill Barr is cleaning house.
From The Detroit News: The daylight raids intensified a four-year investigation that has exposed self-dealing among lower-level UAW officials and a conspiracy involving Fiat Chrysler executives to wring concessions from the union by lavishing labor leaders with cash, trips, steak dinners and $1,000 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes.
The searches also coincided with contract negotiations between the UAW and Detroit automakers, negotiations that could be severely impacted, labor and business experts said.
“This weakens the union’s position at the negotiating table,” said Erik Gordon, a University of Michigan business professor. “The team could be in handcuffs in a week.”
Federal agents fanned out to execute search warrants at multiple locations, including Jones’ home in Canton Township and at the UAW Black Lake Conference Center, a 1,000-acre retreat in northern Michigan financed with interest from the union’s $721 million strike fund, which is bankrolled by worker dues.
Mara Schneider, public affairs officer for the FBI’s Detroit branch, said there are several search warrants being executed Wednesday across the country, including two in Michigan. She said she couldn’t give a total number of warrants being executed by the FBI, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
“It is rare if not unprecedented to raid a UAW former or current president’s house,” said Harley Shaiken, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley who specializes in labor and the global economy. “The timing is particularly disturbing.”
The UAW is in the middle of negotiating its next set of four-year contracts with the Detroit Three. The current contracts expire Sept. 14. Shaiken said while Jones has adamantly condemned bribery that federal investigators say tainted the 2015 negotiations between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler and General Motors, Wednesday’s raids could affect the current contract negotiations.