Sisters and Brothers,

 

It is with a heavy heart toward you, our members, that I send this message to let you know that criminal charges have been filed today against former president Dennis Williams. I am so saddened for our great union and for all my hard working brothers and sisters as well as our retirees. I want to say very clearly, as I have stated before, that any member of the UAW who violates their oath of office, should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Our dues and our oath, like our union is sacred. And I, along with the entire International Executive Board, am absolutely committed to not only upholding those values, but to taking whatever actions are necessary to safeguard this union.

 

I want you to know that we have already taken steps to clawback monies from Williams. In late June, he was required to pay back $55,000 to the UAW after an independent review of expenses. These monies will go back to the membership, where they belong.  Also, we are in the final steps of the sale of Cabin 4 at Black Lake. As you know, the cabin has been the subject of great concern for all of us. The proceeds from the sale will come back to the UAW. Again, where these funds belong.

 

As I said from Day 1 in my presidency, we will do everything in our power to restore your faith in this union and ensure that the abuses of the past can never, ever happen again. Our comprehensive Ethics Reform program, which was announced just days after I took the office of president and has been fully operational since last March, is an integral part of the UAW of the future. A UAW that says unequivocally to all leaders: “You are a steward of sacred dues dollars and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure you live up to that oath of office.”

 

I look forward to a new and better era as we turn the page on this dark passage. This union and our mission of fighting for labor and for every working man and woman in this country is far bigger and far more important than any one individual. It is too important for us to fail and I pledge to you that I will do everything in my power to guide us to a better, stronger UAW.

 

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

 

 

 

 

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