Union Local in Hot Water Again


Communications Workers of American union bosses of  Local 84555 has a lot to answer for, including failing to file an LM-2 report with the Department of Labor.  The LM-2 report is required by every union that represents private employees.  Gary Ridley has the story on mlive.com.

A Shiawassee County labor union once at the center of an embezzlement scheme is again under the scrutiny of federal officials after the Department of Labor claimed it failed to file required financial reports.

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a federal complaint April 28 in Detroit U.S. District Court against Durand-based Communications Workers of America Local 84555 after, the department claims, the local failed to file its annual financial report with the government.
Federal law requires the local to file its report within 90 days of the end of its 2014 fiscal year.

The Department of Labor claims the report was required to be submitted no later than June 29, 2014. Government records show the report still had not been filed as of Monday, May 4.

The report spells out how much money the organization brought in, its expenditures and how many members it includes.

The government’s complaint claims the local has neglected or refused to file the report despite repeated requests by the Department of Labor.

The local has also been untimely in filing its reports since 2008, the complaint alleges. One such report was filed 720 days late and the average delay has been more than 547 days, according to the government’s filing.

Department of Labor officials declined to comment on the specifics of the case, citing the pending litigation.