Shawn Fain and UAW face new problems with president under investigation by federal watchdog

The United Auto Workers and the union’s President Shawn Fain scored a major victory with strikes of the Big Three Detroit automakers, but the union has new problems, according to a federal watchdog investigation.

The UAW has been under a federal watchdog as part of a 2020 agreement, which prevented a full federal takeover, after extended criminal investigations into corruption in the union. A report from court-appointed monitor Neil Barofsky filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday accused the union of obstructing efforts for the monitor to receive documents, while also saying he is investigating allegations of retaliation by Fain toward other union leaders.

“With more than three months having passed since the inception of the Monitor’s investigation, and only a small fraction of the requested documents produced,
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