The Department of Labor's Office of
Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) within the Employment
Standards Administration (ESA) is the federal agency responsible for
administering and enforcing most provisions of the
Labor-Management Reporting and
Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). LMRDA directly affects millions of people
throughout the United States. The law was enacted to ensure basic standards of
democracy and fiscal responsibility in labor organizations representing
employees in private industry.
The major provisions of LMRDA are: 1) A "bill of rights" for union
members; 2) requirements for reporting and disclosure of financial information
and administrative practices by labor unions; 3) requirements for reporting and
disclosure by employers, labor relations consultants, union officers and
employees, and surety companies, when they engage in certain activities; 4)
rules for establishing and maintaining trusteeships; 5) standards for
conducting fair elections of union officers; and 6) safeguards for protecting
union funds and assets.
Other federal agencies listed below provide additional services
outside the realm of OLMS in labor relations.
Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a federal agency that deals primarily with
the private sector in administering the
Labor Relations Act by conducting elections to determine whether or not
representation and investigating and remedying
labor practices by employers and unions.
Mediation Board (NMB) is a government agency specifically providing
guidance to the railway and airlines industries in regards to labor management.
The NMB programs provide an integrated dispute resolution process to
effectively meet the Railway Labor Act's objective of minimizing work stoppages
in the airline and railroad industries.
Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is responsible for providing leadership in
establishing policies and guidance related to federal-sector labor management
issues such as the resolution of disputes and ensuring compliance with the
Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.
Mediation and Conciliation Service's (FMCS) primary responsibility is to
mediate collective bargaining negotiations and to otherwise assist in
development of improved workplace negotiations.
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