Union Leader Under Investigation

(DailyEmailNews.com) – Following a severe bribery and embezzlement scandal, United Auto Workers president Shawn Fain is currently under scrutiny by a court-appointed monitor tasked with eliminating corruption within the union.

In his latest report to Judge David M. Lawson, monitor Neil Barofsky mentioned that his investigation includes Fain and other high-ranking UAW officials.

He said he was concerned over a “recent lapse” in the union’s cooperation with his oversight, especially after his probe into these individuals began earlier this year.

The filed report highlights ongoing clashes within the UAW’s leadership, particularly between Fain and UAW secretary-treasurer Margaret Mock.

After her financial oversight duties sparked allegations of misconduct in February, the board cut Mock’s responsibilities, which she claims was an act of revenge for not approving certain expenditures.

Barofsky’s investigations have recently widened to include not only the initial claims between Fain and Mock but also additional allegations that Fain retaliated against a union vice president.

Furthermore, a regional director is being investigated over potential embezzlement issues.

“At this stage, it is important to emphasize that the allegations are just allegations,” Barofsky stated and clarified that his report does not conclude any charges at this time.

However, Barofsky said he was frustrated over the union’s alleged lack of full cooperation to timely provide relevant documents, which he says are crucial for his investigation.

He noted a significant delay in receiving these documents, which could see him ask the court to intervene if the issues are not resolved soon.

Responding to these developments, Fain commented that “taking our union in a new direction means sometimes you have to rock the boat, and that upsets some people who want to keep the status quo, but our membership expects better and deserves better than the old business as usual.”

Fain has led the UAW since spring 2023 and has been vocal about being committed to reforming the union and enhancing its negotiation tactics with major automakers.

However, Barofsky’s report indicates that Mock disagrees with the union’s stance on non-cooperation and has directed staff to fully engage with the monitoring process.

Barofsky was appointed in May 2021 as part of a settlement that helped avoid a governmental takeover of the union during the sweeping scandal that saw several union officials, including two former presidents, convicted.

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