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The cabin is part of the UAW's Black Lake Conference Center compound, designed to bring together and educate union officials and rank-and-file members alike. Despite having access to the multimillion-dollar property, Jones came under fire for planning extravagant conferences in Palm Springs, California.
Federal agents were interested in whether Detroit auto companies indirectly financed Williams' home at the UAW retreat. Even though the home is not owned by Williams, investigators want to know whether paying for the upkeep of the retreat center is a way to illegally steer money for Williams' benefit, according to The Detroit News.
"Importantly, the new cabin is, and always will be, the property of the UAW, and is not owned by Dennis Williams," UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg wrote in an email to The Detroit News more than a month ago. "It is a permanent asset of the UAW's Black Lake Education Center."
The cabin features granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, a wood-burning fireplace and a hidden room concealed behind a bookcase, according to blueprints obtained by The Detroit News.
The union's attempts to crack down on corruption come after acting UAW head Rory Gamble promised earlier in November a new level of oversight.
"We're going to be looking at every inch of this union to make sure we embrace tight controls," Gamble told Reuters. "We need to make sure we have standards that stop this thing from happening again."