UAW names new president

The United Auto Workers international executive board has named acting president Rory Gamble to head the union until June 2022 as he pledged a series of reforms following a criminal investigation into illegal payoffs that has rocked the union.

Last month, Gary Jones resigned after 17 months in office as the union moved to remove him, Reuters noted. He was linked to an ongoing federal corruption investigation by US prosecutors that has so far seen 11 people plead guilty. Jones has not been charged.

Gamble had announced a number of reforms to clean up the union as he worked to avoid a possible US government takeover. The union will meet in June 2022 to select a new president.

"There are difficult decisions that will need to be made in the coming months for our members. But I promise one thing, when I retire and turn over this office, we will deliver a clean union on solid footing," Gamble, 64, who led negotiations this year on a new contract with Ford, said in a statement cited by the news agency.

Since Gamble took over as acting president last month, he has made a number of reforms including new financial controls, a new outside audit and stronger financial management practices.

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