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Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

How To File a Complaint with OLMS

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts both criminal and civil investigations of alleged violations of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and related laws.

Criminal Investigations

OLMS criminal investigations involve:

the embezzlement or theft of union funds, property or assets

recordkeeping and reporting violations such as false statements, false reports and destruction
of records

the use or threatened use of force or violence to restrain, coerce or intimidate a member in order to interfere with or prevent the member from exercising their LMRDA rights

extortionate picketing - picketing on or about an employer’s premises for the personal profit of
any individual by obtaining money from the employer

prohibitions against persons convicted of certain felonies holding union office or employment in certain positions

unlawful acts relating to trusteeships, loans to officers and payment of fines

union election fraud where there has been ballot tampering or other illegal acts committed in order to influence the outcome of the election

Criminal investigations are opened based on various sources of information including complaints. Please contact the OLMS field office closest to you if you want to provide information about a criminal matter. You do not have to tell us your name in order to provide information. However, you should be prepared to provide us with information identifying the union and persons involved and describe the suspected illegal activity.