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 criminal charges against Gary Jones, a former president of the United Auto Workers, means the disgraced union boss could be the same guy who helps build the case for a federal takeover of the union. This is no theoretical threat. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says a government takeover of the union remains under consideration, and he points to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ decades-long experience as a potential model to emulate.

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