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Reps. Foxx, Walberg Support Efforts to Better Monitor Union Boss Spending

Washington – Following a long history of union bosses cheating workers out of millions of dollars in hard-earned union dues, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is proposing requiring additional financial reporting. Today, Republican Workforce Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), sent a letter to Acting Secretary Pizzella supporting the DOL’s efforts to increase union transparency and accountability.

In the letter, Reps. Foxx and Walberg wrote: “Workers who pay a labor union–voluntarily or involuntarily–deserve to know how those dollars are being spent, and the proposed rule will improve the amount of information available to them…Over the last 10 fiscal years, OLMS enforcement has resulted in over a thousand indictments and convictions. Many of these instances of wrongdoing involved trusts that were allowed to bypass reporting requirements.” The letter concluded: “The Committee on Education and Labor Republicans are committed to improving union transparency and accountability as mechanisms to make unions better serve workers and the American economy as a whole. The proposed rule requiring labor organizations to file trust annual financial reports with OLMS is a significant step to accomplishing that shared goal. We urge DOL to expeditiously adopt the proposed rule in its current form.”

NOTE: Today’s letter is part of ongoing efforts by Committee Republicans to promote democracy, accountability, and transparency within labor organizations, which will ultimately benefit rank and file union members. To read the full letter, click here.

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