The union’s statement said that nobody referred to in the charges against Jones, “whether by name or by alias, is a current UAW official, board member, or employee.”Still, Schneider said he could not comment on whether the government was investigating current members of the union’s International Executive Board. Gamble has previously told Automotive News he is “confident” the union’s current board members are clean.
The charges mark a dramatic fall from grace for Jones, who denounced the emerging scandal and promised to restore members’ trust in UAW leadership as president.
“When Gary Jones became president, he positioned himself as a reformer, that he was somebody that was going to stop this from happening,” Schneider said. “As we can see, that did not take place.”
Jones was charged in a criminal information, indicating that he intends to plead guilty. He faces up to five years in prison, although that could be reduced if he cooperates with the investigation.
Erik Gordon, a law…