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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.

March 27th, 2013On March 27, 2013, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Britta Duncan, former Secretary-Treasurer for International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 5 (located in Portland, Ore.), was charged with embezzling $43,500 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and with the falsification of financial documents and the failure to file required reports, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(a) and (c). The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.