The UAW is eliminating its largest geographical region as part of its cleanup from the fallout of a federal investigation that exposed a lengthy pattern of corruption within the region's past leadership.

Region 5, which covers 17 states in the western and southwestern U.S., will be merged into the adjacent regions 4 and 8 early next year, the union said Friday.

Region 5's most recent director, Vance Pearson, resigned last month after being charged with money laundering and embezzling union funds.

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UAW Disbands 17 State Region For Corruption

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