Nov 20, 2019

UAW president resigns amid corruption probe

United Auto Workers President Gary Jones. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

United Auto Workers President Gary Jones has resigned, effective immediately, amid corruption charges, per his attorney, the AP reports.

Why it matters: UAW's executive board had already started taking steps to remove Jones under its bylaws, accusing him of “false, misleading and inaccurate expense records,” and indicating those charges could lead to his expulsion from the union. Jones has been implicated in an ongoing federal investigation into corruption at UAW, according to a CNBC report. He has not been charged by federal prosecutors, however federal agents raided his home in August.

  • The union said all active members of the UAW International Executive Board also supported the dismissal of Vance Pearson, the regional director charged with embezzling union funds in September.

The big picture: The decision to remove Jones and Pearson comes a week after reforms were enacted in an attempt to prevent and eliminate corruption.

  • UAW and General Motors approved a four-year labor contract in October, ending the first U.S. auto strike in 12 years. The union also certified an agreement with Ford last week.

Go deeper: General Motors sues Fiat Chrysler alleging union bribes

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Trump goes full law-and-order

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President Trump's final decision to speak in the Rose Garden last evening as protests raged outside the gate was made only hours before, reflecting chaos on both sides of the fence.

Why it matters: Trump’s ultimate remarks fell where his instincts always were: blunt, brutal law and order, with extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and blustery threats.

Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.