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Vance Pearson leaves post of Region 5 director after corruption charges

A regional director of UAW who has been facing federal charges and is also likely to be expelled from the union has given his resignation.

Vance Pearson was on paid leave from the post of director of the Region 5 from October onwards after step aside in the midst of the strike of UAW against GM. The prosecutors have said that Pearson along with the former UAW members and officials which included their former president were involved in the embezzlement of over $1.5 million.

A short statement had been issued by UAW which announced the news on Sunday Morning.

The statement said that the UAW had announced after filing of charges under Article 30 against him by International Executive Board of UAW. The said person has informed UAW that he is going to resign as the Region 5 director with immediate effect and is going to retire too. He has also resigned his membership from UAW too with immediate effect. Mr Pearson had been on leave from this position.

The attorney of Pearson, Scott Rosenblum belonging to St. Louis had said that instead of pursuing a hearing under Article 30, Pearson is going to focus more on the defence of his criminal proceedings.

There are 17 states which come under Region 5 from Missouri till California. The everyday operations of the regional offices are overseen by Jim Soldate although the acting president of UAW Rory Gamble has also taken the region’s responsibilities.

This arrangement is going to continue till the delegates get to decide on a new director sooner or later.

Gamble had announced that there are going to be reform of ethics to try and address the concerns which have been raised by corruption scandal.

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