The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.
In fiscal year 2005, OLMS received and processed approximately 42,830 reports, 525 criminal investigations, conducted 619 compliance audits, and supervised 35 union officer elections.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Provides union members the authority to bring civil action in the district courts of the United States to enforce the rights and protections granted them under the Bill of Rights of Members of Labor Organizations; enables union members and employees whose rights are affected by a collective bargaining contract, to obtain or examine a copy of the agreement; enables union members to secure information on the organization, administrative practices, and financial transactions of their unions and to prevent abuses in these areas and in the administration of trusteeships imposed upon labor organizations; assures union members free and democratic officer elections through enforcement of standards and procedures with respect to such elections, and the removal of officers; and safeguards assets of labor organizations by imposing upon union officials fiduciary responsibility, enforceable in the courts, and by requiring the bonding of persons who handle union funds.
Officers of unions may obtain assistance in preparing reports or otherwise complying with the Act.
Union members or union organizations may request assistance in investigating alleged violations.
All reports required to be filed are available for inspection and disclosure to the general public.
Union officers, union members, union organizations. All reports required to be filed are available for inspection and disclosure to the general public.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Write or call the nearest Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards field office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Union members may file an election of officers complaint with the Department of Labor within one calendar month after having exhausted internal union remedies or within one calendar month after having invoked internal union remedies without obtaining a final decision within three calendar months after invoking them.
Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, Public Law 86-257, as amended, Public Laws 89-216, 98-473, 99-217, and 100-182, 29 U.S.C. 401.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 49,595; FY 08 est $46,635; and FY 09 est $60,350.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
29 CFR 401-453. 29 CFR 457-459. The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended, Rights and Responsibilities under the LMRDA; Reports Required under the LMRDA (Spanish edition also available); Bonding Requirements under LMRDA; Trusteeship Requirements under the LMRDA, Electing Union Officers (Spanish edition also available); LMRDA Regulations and Interpretative Bulletins: Election of Officers of Labor Organizations, 29 CFR 452; Standards of Conduct Regulations, 29 CFR 457-459. The above literature is available free of charge in limited quantities from the Headquarters Office listed below or field offices in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Conducting Local Union Officer Elections - a guide for election officials is available for sale by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
Regional or Local Office
Persons desiring assistance should contact the nearest Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards field office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Office of Labor-Management Standards, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210, Room N-5605. Telephone: (202) 693-0123. For LMRDA assistance, Telephone: (202) 693-0123. For Electronic Forms software technical support, Telephone: (toll-free): (1 866) 487-2365.
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