UNION MEMBER RIGHTS
Bill of Rights - Union members have:
equal rights to participate in union activities
freedom of speech and assembly
voice in setting rates of dues, fees, and assessments
protection of the right to sue
safeguards against improper discipline
Copies of Collective Bargaining Agreements - Union members and nonunion employees have the right to receive or inspect copies of collective bargaining agreements.
Reports - Unions are required to file an initial information report (Form LM-1), and copies of the constitutions and bylaws, and an annual financial report (Form LM-2/3/4) with OLMS (Office of Labor-Management Standards). Unions must make the reports available to members and permit members to examine supporting records for just cause. The reports are public information and copies are available from OLMS.
Officer Elections- Union members have the right to:
Officer Removal - Local union members have the right to an adequate procedure for the removal of an elected officer guilty of serious misconduct.
Trusteeships - Unions may only be placed in trusteeship by a parent body for the reason specified in the LMRDA (Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act).
Prohibition Against Certain Discipline - A union or any of its officials may not fine, expel, or otherwise discipline a member for exercising any LMRDA right.
Prohibition Against Violence - No one may use or threaten to use force or violence to interfere with a union member in the exercise of LMRDA right.
UNION OFFICER RESPONSIBILITIES
Financial Safeguards - Union officers have a duty to manage the funds and property of the union solely for the benefit of the union and its members in accordance with the union's constitution and bylaws. Union officers or employees who embezzle or steal union funds or other assets, commit a Federal crime punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
Bonding - Union officers or employees who handle union funds or property must be bonded to provide protection against losses if their union has property and annual financial receipts which exceed $5,000.
Labor Organization Reports- Union officers must: *file
an initial information report (Form LM-1) and annual financial reports
(Forms LM-2/3/4/) with OLMS.
retain the records necessary to verify the reports for at least five years.
Officer Reports - Union officers and employees must file reports concerning any loans and benefits received from, or certain financial interest in, employers whose employees their unions represent and businesses that deal with their unions.
Officer Elections - Unions must:
Restrictions on Holding Office - A person convicted of certain crimes may not serve as a union officer, employee, or other representative of a union for up to 13 years.
Loans - A union may not have outstanding loans to any one officer or employee that in total exceed $2,000 at any time.
Fines - A union may not pay the fine of any officer or employee convicted of any willful violation of the LMRDA.
Information about OLMS, including key personnel and telephone numbers, how to obtain LM reports compliance assistance materials, the text of the LMRDA, and related Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) documents, is also available on the Internet at: