Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says leaders of the United Auto Workers, a cornerstone of the modern-day auto industry, arrive in Detroit this weekend for their quadrennial convention beset with an ongoing federal corruption investigation into the union’s joint training centers and alleged misuse of their funds. The probe is pushing some leaders into premature retirement – and proving legendary UAW President Walter Reuther right: giving union leaders proximity to large sums of money earmarked for members is proving too tempting for some to resist.



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