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A new UAW is taking shape, but will it be different?
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The vote count began Wednesday to determine the outcome of runoff elections for leadership at the United Auto Workers (UAW). Regardless of the outcome, a crop of energized reformers are already at the table – and observers are watching closely to see how the UAW's approach may change as the labor union prepares to negotiate fresh contracts with Detroit's Big Three automakers.
After being embroiled by a bribery and embezzlement scandal that landed two former UAW presidents behind bars, members voted in December to replace several leaders with candidates from a reform group, UAW Members United, whose campaign promises are straightforward: "No corruption. No concessions. No tiers."