Message to Members from Rory Gamble on Reforms

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To UAW Members:
I would first like to thank you for what you have done for this union. We are only as strong as our members, and I am so humbled to represent you. We have a big task ahead of us, but I am confident that we will succeed.


In my first message, I said that I would communicate with you and keep you updated on major initiatives. The International Executive Board entrusted me to take this union forward and address the misconduct that has come to light, and I take that charge very seriously. I know you do, too. Our members are the backbone of this institution, and I want you to know that I value each and every one of you and I need your help to take this union forward.


In my first week as Acting President, I said that I would move swiftly to enact reforms that would strengthen this union and our resolve to move forward with a commitment to ethical reforms, transparency, and accountability. And with the support of the International Executive Board, I’ve done just that. So, let me outline our first reforms and actions on behalf of this union, our members and our staff.


I do this on behalf of all of our members and I say this here: I need your help and support. And I welcome your feedback.
Here are our initial reforms:

 

  1. Establishment of a UAW Ethics OfficerThe establishment of an Ethics Officer who will not be an employee of the International Union, but rather an external position to investigate allegations, complaints or matters referred to them by the Ethics Ombudsman or IEB. To that end, we are beginning a national search for an Ethics Officer immediately.
  2. Establishment of an Ethics Ombudsman The establishment of an Ethics Ombudsman to receive, review and respond to ethics complaints and allegations.
  3. Establishment of an Ethics HotlineThe UAW will set up an Ethics Hotline to encourage those who may have concerns about or want to bring attention to potential ethics violations. The hotline will provide members and employees the ability to anonymously and confidentially submit allegations or complaints about potential violations of the UAW’s Ethical Code and other relevant policies.
  4. Policy for Recovery of Misuse of FundsThe introduction of a new policy that will enhance enforcement against those who have been found guilty of misusing funds and our commitment to seek recovery of all misused or misappropriated funds.
  5. Accounting PolicyThe implementation of stringent monetary controls that increase oversight by the UAW Accounting Department over the finances of our union.
  6. Charitable ContributionsThe banning of all charitable contributions from UAW joint program centers, vendors, or employers to any charities run or controlled by UAW officials.
  7. Joint ProgramsThe enactment of accountability measures to the Joint Programs, including that purchases of promotional items using joint program funds have been permanently banned and all expenditures will be controlled, monitored, and regularly audited by independent public accounting firms.
In regards to Cabin Four at Black Lake:

We intend to sell Cabin Four at Black Lake. Cabin Four and its related property at the UAW’s Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center will be put up for sale.

I would like to add that this is just the beginning, but it’s a beginning that I hope will set us on the right path for the future. I look forward to working with you in the months to come.

In solidarity,
Acting President Rory Gamble