Detroit News: Marick Masters on federal UAW investigation
Federal agents investigating a kickback and bribery scandal within the United Auto Workers are probing financial ties between President Rory Gamble, retired Vice President Jimmy Settles and one of the union's highest-paid vendors, sources told The Detroit News. The agents are investigating whether UAW leaders received cash kickbacks or bribes in exchange for awarding lucrative contracts to Huntington Woods businessman Jason Gordon to supply union-branded merchandise, according to two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. “Assuming these allegations have merit, that puts the UAW in a very difficult situation. It raises fundamental questions about whether it is capable of governing itself,” said Marick Masters, a business professor at Wayne State University. “This brings us to a far different level of implications for the UAW going forward. This would substantially increase the likelihood that the federal government would want to come in and take over."