|OLMS Enforcement Statistics Financial Integrity|
|FY 2001||FY 2002||FY 2003||FY 2004||FY 2005||FY 2006||FY 2007||FY 2008||FY 2009|
|Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards|
Embezzlement, False Reports, Violence, And More
Most people don't know just how many crimes are committed every year through which union officials hurt their own members. The number of reputed and verified crimes is staggering. Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the hundreds of indictments of union officials for violations of the Labor Management and Reporting Disclosure Act. According to the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), those crimes include “embezzlement, filing false reports, keeping false records, destruction of records, extortionate picketing and deprivation of rights by violence.” The OLMS notes:
As part of its effort to protect and safeguard union funds and assets, OLMS investigates possible embezzlement from unions and other violations of criminal laws. Over the past 10 years, restitution of $102,615,236 has been paid or ordered to be paid to defrauded unions and other parties.
That's $102,615,236 million in restitution ordered for victimizing union members and others.
|Labor and Racketeering Investigations|
|FY 2001||FY 2002||FY 2003||FY 2004||FY 2005||FY 2006||FY 2007||FY 2008||FY 2009||FY 2010|
|Cases referred for prosecution||57||74||66||87||88||105||80||74||81||105|
|Fines, restitutions, forfeitures, and civil monetary actions ($ in millions)||$42.5||$105.9||$27.9||$36.5||$187.9||$69.2||$27.1||$24.2||$76.2||$72.9|
|Source: Department of Labor Office of Inspector General|
The Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General oversees, among other things, cases of labor racketeering — and it stays busy. Union officials have continued to earn their reputation for greed, corruption, and mismanagement of union dues.
Since FY 2001, racketeering investigations have yielded more than 2,000 indictments and awarded more than $3 billion in fines and restitution.. Many of these cases involve union officials failing to protect their members from unethical pension scams and internal union racketeering cases, but OIG’s website currently notes “a rapid rise of transnational organized crime groups that are engaging in new criminal enterprises … Specifically, OIG investigations have found that nontraditional organized criminal groups are exploiting the Department of Labor’s foreign labor certification and Unemployment Insurance programs.”