Center for Union Facts logo

Union Facts

Workers United

criminal charges

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.

DateDescription
March 20th, 2014On March 20, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Rena Opre, former Secretary Treasurer for Workers United, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 323 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was charged in an information with one count of failing to disclose a material fact in a report filed with the Secretary of Labor, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
April 28th, 2011On April 28, 2011, in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, an information was filed charging John P. McMahon, former President of Workers United, SEIU, Local 335-T (located in Chicago, Ill.), with making false entries in union records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
May 12th, 2010On May 12, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, an information was filed charging Kathy Oatman, former Secretary-Treasurer of Workers United Local 228 (located in Eau Claire, Wis.), with embezzlement of union funds in excess of $4,000. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Office.