FBI raids Canton home of UAW President Gary Jones
CANTON TWP., Mich. (FOX 2) - The FBI is searching the Canton Township home of the president of the United Auto Workers, apparently another step in an investigation of union corruption.
In response, the UAW says there's "absolutely no need" for the search. The union says it has been cooperating with investigators.
Agents also searched the Corona, California, home of former UAW President Dennis Williams and the union's northern Michigan retreat.
Eight people have pleaded guilty in an investigation of union officials and Fiat Chrysler executives enriching themselves with money from a job training center in Detroit. But the probe appeared to widen two weeks ago when a former union official was charged with accepting kickbacks from union vendors.
This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.
Statement on UAW Cooperation with Government Investigation:
The UAW and President Gary Jones have always fully cooperated with the government investigators in this matter. As the leader of the UAW, President Jones is determined to uncover and address any and all wrongdoing, wherever it might lead. There was absolutely no need for search warrants to be used by the government today - the UAW has voluntarily responded to every request the government has made throughout the course of its investigation, produced literally hundreds of thousands of documents and other materials to the government, and most importantly, when wrongdoing has been discovered, we have taken strong action to address it. The UAW will continue to cooperate with the government in its investigation, as we have been doing throughout.
Trust in UAW leadership is never more important than during the bargaining process, when profit-laden auto companies stand to benefit from media leaks, false assumptions, and political grandstanding. The sole focus of President Jones and his team will be winning at the bargaining table for our members.