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America's opioid epidemic looms large in areas abandoned by auto manufacturers

As more facilities automate, job losses are likely to increase in U.S. car manufacturing

Plant closures were associated with an 85% surge in opioid overdose mortality rates among working-age adults five years later, compared with what would have been expected if these factories had remained open, researchers report in JAMA Internal Medicine. "We found that automotive assembly plant closures - which led to dramatic reductions in economic opportunities in manufacturing for individuals living in those areas - were strongly associated with poor health outcomes, specifically higher opio

2 former UAW presidents drove corrupt spending, report alleges

Prosecutors and former UAW officials say Dennis Williams and Gary Jones had lavish tastes

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Fiat Chrysler UAW corruption had roots in federal bailout of Chrysler

Prosecutors say FCA used its $12.5 billion bailout to buy influence from UAW leaders

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U.S. prosecutor says UAW still isn't fully cooperating with investigation

But tips of possible union wrongdoing are coming in from the public

The U.S. Attorney leading the investigation of corruption within the United Auto Workers (UAW) told Reuters on Friday the union's leadership still is not fully cooperating with the government, but that individuals are giving federal investigators tips that could expand the probe. "The deadline is now" for UAW leadership to be more open with investigators looking into corruption within the union, Matthew Schneider, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan said in an interview. Schneid

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UAW bolsters financial controls in the wake of embezzlement scandal

An attorney in Detroit said the union isn’t fully cooperating with an ongoing investigation

The United Auto Workers union has replaced its auditing firm, added four internal auditors and hired a big accounting firm to study its financial controls in an effort to prevent a repeat of the embezzlement and bribery discovered in a federal probe of the union. The moves announced Monday by Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry come after last month’s resignation of President Gary Jones, who has been implicated in the scandal. Several other union officials have been charged or implicated in the prob

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Government oversight of the UAW is possible following corruption probe

Acting UAW President Rory Gamble has promised to clean up the union to avoid a takeover

U.S. prosecutors are currently investigating former members of the union in connection with a corruption probe. A former UAW board member has been charged with conspiring with other union leaders to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars of rank-and-file members' dues. "Government oversight of the UAW is a possible solution to reforming the union," said Schneider, who is leading the probe.

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UAW negotiations with GM now focused on wages and pensions

UAW says 'good progress' made on health care and the status of temporary workers

As the U.S. strike by the United Auto Workers union against General Motors Co nears three weeks, the main remaining issues in the negotiations have narrowed to wages and pensions, a person familiar with the talks said on Saturday. The GM strike began on Sept. 16 with the 48,000 UAW members seeking higher pay, greater job security, a bigger share of the leading U.S. automaker's profit and protection of healthcare benefits. The sides have been meeting daily and talks continued on Saturda

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Insiders talking to feds about UAW president as GM negotiations drag on

Part of the FBI's ongoing investigation of embezzlement by union leadership

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Shift to electric vehicles weighs heavy on UAW-GM talks

EVs need fewer components and staff to build them

Warren, Sanders to visit striking GM workers as dispute continues

The UAW says some progress has been made

Two major Democratic presidential candidates plan to visit striking General Motors workers in Detroit in the coming days as a five-day-old labor dispute threatens to enter its second week. Senator Elizabeth Warren will join workers on the picket line outside GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant on Sunday, while Senator Bernie Sanders will do the same on Wednesday. GM has received harsh criticism from Democrats for shifting health insurance costs for its striking workers union as its members wal

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