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Is UAW headed for federal takeover? Feds say it's 'on the table'

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"We intend to do everything we can to show that we can manage our business," Gamble said in November. " ... The government is going to do what the government is going to do, but it's my job to make sure whoever comes in and looks at this union, they're going to be presented with a clean union."

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U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider speaks to the press Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider speaks to the press Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press, Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

Meanwhile, Schneider said that more tips involving corruption at the UAW are continuing to pour in. He said the UAW investigation is not about giving the labor movement a bad name -- as some critics have alleged -- but about enforcing laws and giving union members what they deserve: honest leadership.

"Anytime you have criminal wrongdoing in a large organization, it's significant. And we need to make sure that entities, whether unions or businesses, are serving the needs of the people," Schneider said. "The purpose of the union is to serve the men and women of the union. It's not to serve the needs or desires of the leadership."

Schneider also denounced earlier claims by the UAW and FCA that the corruption investigation involves only a handful of bad actors.

 

"I think the public record already indicates that it's not just a few people. The previous cases have shown that this is a widespread problem, and that's why we're focusing on it so much," Schneider said. "And when you have any situation where greed replaces your duties, that's a problem ... that's something we can't tolerate."

Neither can the rank and file, if the rash of new tips coming in are any indication.

"Right now we are receiving more tips from the public ... we're getting plenty of tips," Schneider said, adding the information "so far has been really helpful."

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