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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.

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended (LMRDA)

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Synopsis of Law

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended (LMRDA), grants certain rights to union members and protects their interests by promoting democratic procedures within labor organizations. The LMRDA establishes:

  • a Bill of Rights for union members;
  • reporting requirements for labor organizations, union officers and employees, employers, labor-relations consultants, and surety companies;
  • standards for the regular election of union officers; and
  • safeguards for protecting labor organization funds and assets.

The Secretary of Labor enforces certain provisions of the LMRDA and has delegated that authority to the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) of the Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration. Other provisions may only be enforced by union members through a private suit in a Federal district court.

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General Information

Reporting & Disclosure


Financial Safeguards


Other Provisions

Compliance 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.

Compliance Assistance Seminars

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.

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Last Updated: 08/20/08

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