Feds probe new UAW president; union denies wrongdoing, report says

Gordon’s lawyer, in a statement to The News, said: “My client vehemently denies all of the allegations as being untrue.”

Settles’ lawyer declined to comment to The News.

It’s not clear when the investigation began, although U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider, the top federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Michigan, said in December his office had received new tips since he started speaking publicly about the corruption probe in late November. Prosecutors have also received recent guilty pleas from former UAW-GM Vice President Joe Ashton and his aides Michael Grimes and Jeff Pietrzyk and are expecting a guilty plea from former Region 5 Director Vance Pearson when he appears before a judge on Feb. 4.

Gamble has implemented a number of reforms in recent weeks in a bid to clean up the UAW from within and avoid potential government oversight should the feds bring racketeering charges against the union. He was named president in December after former President Gary Jones stepped down after being implicated in the probe.

Shortly after taking over as interim president before accepting the role on a full-time basis, he told Automotive News he was “confident” all remaining UAW executive board members were clean.

“I would not have accepted the role of president if I couldn’t withstand the scrutiny,” Gamble said in a statement this week. “Our union has suffered enough as a result of corrupt leaders. On my watch, we cannot and will not allow financial improprieties to rob our members of their hard-earned dollars. My sole focus as President is to strengthen the union’s financial controls, oversight and accounting system — and most importantly, to restore the trust of our union members.”

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