UAW nonprofit builds lakefront cabin for retired president amid scandal, report says

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The UAW non-profit organization unit is building a cabin on the lake for retired union president Dennis Williams, who was involved in the ongoing UAW corruption scandal one month after his retirement, according to a newspaper from Detroit.

The 1,885-square-foot cabin is under construction at the UAW Black Lake Conference Center, reported The Detroit News Thursday. Black Lake is located in the northeastern part of the lower Michigan peninsula and is financed by interest from the UAW strike fund.

A plea deal reached in July with Nancy Adams Johnson, a former top assistant to ex-UAW vice president Norwood Jewell, claimed an unnamed chief told senior leaders to use automaker funds from joint training centers operated with Detroit 3 automakers as a way to to save costs on the budget of the UAW. The unnamed officer was Williams, the newspaper reported.

Williams & # 39; lakefront cabin, which was under construction Monday, is decorated with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, according to The News.

The kitchen will have cherry cabinets with a "chocolate glaze finish", reported The News and walls covered with "white cedar shiplap".

The use of a cabin in Black Lake for retired trade union presidents has been a tradition for decades. The center was opened in 1970 to serve as an educational outpost for trade unionists.

As presented in the 2018 proposed resolution book by the UAW for the 37th UAW Constitutional Convention, the UAW said it would allow "the availability of a cabin" and "all related costs associated with [Williams’] use of the cabin during his stay, "Automotive News reported in June.

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UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg declined to comment on Automotive News.

According to The News, the total costs of the cab are "unclear" and also when the planned construction has to be completed.

Michael Wayland and Alexa St. John contributed to this report.