UAW President Gary Jones is taking a leave of absence as the federal corruption probe into the union's top leadership escalates.

The paid leave is effective Sunday, a day before voting on a new contract begins among Ford's UAW employees.

A source said a message, described as shocking, was sent after 9 a.m. Saturday from the office of the president addressed to UAW staff personnel requesting a leave. It was granted by the union's International Executive Board. There are about 500 UAW staffers nationwide.

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UAW President Goes On Leave Of Absence As Corruption Probe Closes In Around Him

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