DETROIT — UAW staff members have been moved to other facilities indefinitely after a fire broke out Saturday at the UAW’s international headquarters on the eve of formal contract talks with the Detroit 3 automakers.
“All staff have been reassigned to temporary locations,” UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg wrote in an emailed statement Tuesday. “Staff will be working out of regional and other UAW facilities.”
He did not indicate when employees would return to the building on Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit.
Rothenberg said the fire was on the third floor of the UAW’s Solidarity House, which was “largely empty at the time.” The fire was in the union’s information technology department and also damaged adjacent public relations office space, he confirmed.
Patrick McNulty, chief of fire investigation for the Detroit Fire Department, on Monday told Automotive News the arson unit was called to the scene Saturday. McNulty said the investigation into the cause of the fire is…