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Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

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The Office of Labor-Management Standards ensures union democracy, transparency, and financial integrity.


Section 3(h) of the LMRDA defines a “trusteeship” as “any receivership, trusteeship, or other method of supervision or control whereby a labor organization suspends the autonomy otherwise available to a subordinate body under its constitution or bylaws.” The same definition applies under the CSRA. A “labor organization” includes any labor union except a state or local central body or a union representing solely public employees of a state or political subdivision of a state, such as a county or municipality. The term “subordinate body” means “subordinate labor organization.” Any trusteeship imposed over a body that meets the definition of “labor organization” is subject to the trusteeship provisions. The most common example of a trusteeship is an international or national parent body union imposing a trusteeship over a local labor organization.

Trusteeship Regulations

Trusteeship Publication

OLMS Seminars and Outreach

OLMS has an active education and compliance assistance program to promote voluntary compliance with the LMRDA by informing union officers and others affected by the law of their responsibilities and by encouraging members to exercise their rights under the LMRDA.

OLMS District Offices throughout the country offer compliance assistance seminars to explain the requirements of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). These seminars cover topics such as union reporting and recordkeeping, financial safeguards for union funds, elections of union officers, and training for union trustees on conducting audits in small unions. Some of these seminars are sponsored by labor unions, labor education programs, or other groups to provide training for their representatives while other seminars are solely OLMS sponsored and may be attended by any interested union officers and members. If your organization would like to sponsor a seminar with OLMS, contact the nearest OLMS District Office


Last Updated: 11/16/06


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