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Resolving the strike against General Motors that began Monday may be harder because of an internal corruption scandal inside the United Auto Workers.
The strike officially began at midnight, when tens of thousands of workers walked off the factory floors of the multinational automobile manufacturing company headquartered in Detroit.
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Vance Pearson, 58, the UAW’s Region 5 director, was arrested and charged Thursday with embezzlement, money laundering, and other offenses as part of a federal investigation, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.
Pearson, of St. Charles, Missouri, is accused of embezzling union money; committing mail and wire fraud; money laundering; and conspiracy, the Free Press reported.
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Pearson attended the union negotiations with General Motors on Sunday, which was three days after he was charged by federal prosecutors, the Detroit News reported.
A series of tweets from the Detroit News details Pearson’s participation and advisory role in the GM contract negotiations.
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UAW’s Region 5 covers 17 states: Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Alaska, Washington, and Hawaii.
The Daily Signal sought comment from the UAW on the investigation, but the auto workers union had not responded at publication time. The union did release a statement Thursday addressing the allegations against Pearson, saying:
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Our highest priority is maintaining the trust and confidence of United Auto Worker members. While these allegations are very concerning, we strongly believe that the government has misconstrued any number of facts and emphasize that these are merely allegations, not proof of wrongdoing. Regardless, we will not let this distract us from the critical negotiations underway with GM to gain better wages and benefits for the more the 400,000 members of our union.
The UAW, also headquartered in Detroit, claims to have more than 400,000 active members and more than 580,000 retired...
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