...his poise and leadership during negotiations. He said the consent agreement recognizes the "significant strides" the union has made in response to the investigation.
The two men, wearing masks because of COVID-19 protocols, stretched out their arms to make a socially distant fist bump at the end of the news conference.
Schneider noted the toll the scandal has taken.
“The conduct by these corrupt and criminal individuals has scarred the UAW, and it’s severely undermined the trust that the UAW's membership has had in its leaders. This criminal investigation and this prosecution has revealed a need to reform and to clean up and to return to greatness the storied United Autoworkers Union,” Schneider said.
Gamble said the consent agreement represents justice and builds on the reform work already undertaken, which includes the appointment of an independent ethics officer.
“This is a collaborative effort between the government and UAW leadership to achieve our joint goals to ensure that our union is clean, free from misconduct, conducted with integrity and always for the benefit of its members and especially to restore the full faith and confidence of our members in their union,“ Gamble said.
Gamble noted the union's leadership has expelled members involved in the scandal and would take "swift and thorough" action if more bad actors come to light. He said the union acknowledges that its financial controls were inadequate to deter the misconduct that happened as part of the scandal.
"Over the past year, the UAW has proactively weeded out individuals who put their personal benefit over our members' interest and who abused their positions of trust to defraud our union and our membership," Gamble said.
Schneider, who began discussions with the union leadership in the summer, had downplayed...