DETROIT – The United Auto Workers union agreed to temporarily extend the contract with Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Friday as it struggled with a federal corruption probe that implicated the president.
But a deadline on Saturday midnight for UAW to agree on a new four-year labor contract with General Motors is still in place, a union spokesman said.
The contract extensions were confirmed Friday by UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg, who declined further comment on the talks.
The union has chosen GM as the target company, which means it is the focus of negotiations and would be the first company to encounter a walkout. GM's contract with the trade union is scheduled to expire at. 1
A strike can go idle to GM's assembly plant in Wentzville, where union workers make Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup.
It is possible that the four-year GM contract could also be extended or an agreement reached, but it is more likely that 49,200 UAW members can leave GM plants already on Sunday, because the union and company requirements are so far apart.
Picket line plans have already been laid out near the entrance to one local UAW office in Detroit.
19659002] The contract talks come as the union faces an expanding federal corruption probe that snored a top official on Thursday.
Vance Pearson, head of the union's regional office in Hazelwood, was charged with corruption in an alleged scheme to undermine the union's money and spend money on premium spirits, golf clubs, cigars and sweden stays in California. It's the same region that UAW President Gary Jones led before taking on the union's top job last year.
In a 40-page criminal complaint, the government alleged that more than $ 600,000 in UAW money was spent by union officials at businesses in Palm Beach, California, including restaurants, a golf resort, cigar business and rental properties, between 2014 and 2017
A source familiar with the case on Friday identified two named figures in the complaint – "Official A" and "Official B" – as Jones and his predecessor, former UAW President Dennis Williams.
UAW made no comment on the report implying Jones and Williams.
Neither Jones nor Williams have been charged with any wrongdoing.  The union had hoped to leave behind the growing federal probe by electing Jones as president in 2018.
But two weeks ago, the FBI attacked Jones & # 39; home, a state of law, and several other locations, including offices in Region 5, as part of the corruption zone.
The federal complaint filed Thursday stated that government agents had seized $ 30,000 in cash from the residence of "Official A."
A lawyer for Jones could not be reached for comment on Friday.
But the union said Thursday after the complaint was filed that it believed the government had "misunderstood" facts.
If there is a strike, it would be the union's first since a brief against GM in 2007.
The dealers are usually light on the talks, but a week ago Vice President Terry Dittes wrote in a letter to local union leaders that GM has been slow to respond to suggestions from the trade union. GM replied in a letter sent to factories saying it was moving as fast as it could.
"We work hard to understand and respond to UAW proposals, and we have offered to meet as often as necessary," the letter states.
The Associated Press, Reuters and Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.