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UAW leader investigated for possible ethical misconduct

November 12, 2021 GMT

DETROIT (AP) — The president of United Auto Workers is under investigation by the union’s ethics officer for possible ethical misconduct related to accepting almost $2,000 worth of 2017 football tickets from a union vendor, according to a report filed Thursday.

The report, by a court-appointed watchdog, comes amid a union corruption scandal that’s sent about a dozen people to prison and forced major changes.

The report showed 15 open investigations into misconduct and one involving President Ray Curry that had included, according to The Detroit News. Curry is the fourth president in a row to be investigated for potential misconduct,

According to the report, before he became president in July, Curry paid back the $1,900 face value of the tickets to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game. Curry wrote to UAW members Thursday he did so “voluntarily and without any request or demand.”

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The International Executive Board decided there wasn’t a violation of union policy and the court-appointed watchdog, New York lawyer Neil Barofsky, said the situation didn’t warrant further consideration. However, further details weren’t disclosed at the request of the UAW’s ethics officer, who is investigating the matter further, according to the newspaper.

Earlier this week, an official at a suburban Detroit branch of UAW was charged with embezzlement and other crimes.