The acting head of the United Auto Workers promised not to tolerate "any inappropriate actions" amid a federal corruption investigation that has ensnared several former union leaders.
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President Gary Jones began a leave of absence on Sunday, and last week, prosecutors charged one of his top associates, Edward "Nick" Robinson, with conspiracy to embezzle union funds and conspiracy to defraud the U.S., making him the twelfth person charged in the investigation.
"I know recent events concerning members of our leadership have disappointed and angered many of you," Rory Gamble, who took over during Jones' leave, said in a letter to members. "I am angry as well, but I am not here to pre-judge anyone. I am here to take this union forward."
"From this day on, the UAW must not only adhere to the highest standards of conduct, put in place by former leaders like Walter Reuther, we need to exceed them," he said. "And that is my first priority."
"I do not want anything to distract from the mission," Jones said when he announced his leave. "I want to do what's best for the members of this great union."
FOX Business' Evie Fordham contributed to this report.