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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.

July 30th, 2007On July 30, 2007, in Superior Court for the District of Columbia, Bradley Burton, former Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, was charged with one count of second degree theft for causing the AFL-CIO to pay $7,663.34 in meal expenses for his wife. Subsequently, Burton pled guilty to the information and received a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail, 70 hours of community service, probation for one year, a $350 fine and was ordered to make any restitution that had not already been repaid. The information, plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.