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United Auto Workers, Local 1853

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Office of Labor-Management Enforcement

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

These investigations by OLMS District Offices involve issues such as embezzlements of union funds, union officer elections, the filing of required reports by unions and others with OLMS, and the imposition of trusteeships over subordinate unions by a parent body. These investigations may result in legal enforcement actions.

May 22nd, 2006On May 22, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Georgia McNish, former Financial Secretary for United Auto Workers Local 1853, was sentenced to two years probation, assessed a fine of $5,000 and a special assessment of $25, and was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service. McNish previously made restitution of $10,000 to the local. On November 29, 2005, McNish was charged with knowingly making a false statement in a labor organization annual report in order to conceal her embezzlement of $10,000 in local union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.