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UAW trying to reassure its members

Posted: 5:42 AM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 09:42:46Z

The UAW is trying to reassure its members heading into contract talks with the Big 3 later this year.

The issue: a bribery scandal that has some of the rank-and-file wondering if negotiators are really working for their best interests.

Union President Gary Jones says he's "deeply saddened and irritated" by the accusation UAW officials took bribes from Fiat Chrysler executives to influence contract talks in 2015.

More than half-a-dozen officials from both the union and the company have been convicted in the case.

Jones spoke at the UAW’s national bargaining convention in Detroit Wednesday.

"It is my responsibility from this day forward to strengthen your trust in your union. We do not take your trust for granted," he said. "That is why our union has been and continues to be engaged in comprehensive reforms to make sure that this behavior never happens again."

Jones also told members the UAW’s top priorities during the contract talks will be job security and stopping the automakers from moving more American jobs to Mexico.

The negotiations with General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are expected to be combative.

Earlier this week the UAW told members to be prepared for the possibility of a strike.

It says strike pay will be increased to 250-dollars a week if that happens