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.
|April 26th, 2011||On April 26, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Michael Thompson, former Business Manager of United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 49 (located in Portland, Ore.), was indicted on a single count of 29 U.S.C. 439(b) for knowingly making a false statement and representation of material fact, knowing it to be false, in a report or document required to be filed by a labor organization. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.|
|June 29th, 2009||On June 29, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Anne Oâ€™Rourke, former office secretary of Roofers Local 37 (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.), pled guilty to a two-count indictment for embezzling union funds in the amount of $23,057 and falsifying union records. Subsequently, Oâ€™Rourke was sentenced to two years probation on each count, ordered to make remaining restitution in the amount of $6,059.45, and pay a special assessment of $125. On August 6, 2008, Oâ€™Rourke had been charged in a two-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the amount of $23,057 and falsifying union records. The plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.|
|June 16th, 2005||On June 16, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Timothy C. Burke, the former business manager-financial secretary of Local 42, Roofers, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $31,470 in union funds. Burke was previously indicted on March 16, 2005, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.|
|January 22nd, 2002||On January 22, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Ricky Sanders, former business manager of Roofers Local 136, was indicted on one count of embezzling $7,433.51. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.|