Direct election may not end corruption, but it can’t do much worse. Former UAW president Gary Jones admitted that he and other officials used union funds to pay for boxes of cigars, cases of wine, premium liquor and custom golf clubs, among other expenses. Former UAW president Dennis Williams confessed that union dough covered his trips to a Palm Springs, Calif., villa, and rounds at the nearby Indian Canyons Golf Resort.
Alphons Iacobelli, the former vice president for employee relations at Fiat Chrysler, admitted diverting money from a fund that was supposed to finance worker training. Instead, the money paid off “the mortgage on the personal residence of a UAW Vice President” and provided “personal travel, designer clothing, cases of custom-labeled wine, furniture, jewelry, and custom-made watches” to union officials, according to Mr. Iacobelli’s plea agreement. The gifts were part of an effort to help the company in negotiations with the union.
Annual union disclosures required by the Labor Department can help the union rank-and-file examine questionable expenditures. The referendum will give them a chance to throw the scoundrels out.
Source : https://www.wsj.com/articles/cleaning-up-the-united-auto-workers-union-referendum-election-11634754477188