Howes: UAW corruption scandal extracts high price of leaders' power

Daniel Howes
The Detroit News

Besides the risk of prison, leaders of the United Auto Workers now know the price of the years-long corruption scandal — losing their stranglehold on power.

In a federally imposed referendum, 63.7% of voting rank-and-file members in the union Walter Reuther built chose to bring an end to the delegate system used for installing international union leaders that has favored hand-picked members of the Reuther Administrative Caucus for some 70 years.

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