How Big Labor is spending your forced-dues dollars

Unions covered by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), the Civil Service Retirement Act (CSRA), or the Foreign Service Act (FSA), with total annual receipts of $250,000 or more, are currently required to submit annual financial statements to the US Department of Labor. These statements provide basic information.

The LM-2 Form: This form will tell you when the next union election is, how many members the union has, the salaries of officers and staff, and other useful information, including:

  • Whether the union has any subsidiary organizations
  • Whether the union has a political action committee (PAC)
  • Whether the union discovered any loss or shortage of funds
  • Number of members
  • Rates of dues and fees
  • 7 asset categories such as cash and investments
  • 4 liability categories such as accounts payable and mortgages payable
  • 16 receipts categories such as dues and interest
  • 18 disbursement categories such as payments to officers and repayment of loans obtained
  • A schedule of payments to officers
  • A schedule of payments to employees
  • A schedule of office and administrative expenses
  • A schedule of loans payable.

US DOL LMRDA Related Criminal and Civil Actions

Searchable and sortable database created from public records provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The U.S. DOL describes its data as follows:

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 embezzlement 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.

Research Links

On the Research Links page, there are numerous helpful links for students, researchers, and interested individuals to do their own research.

Violence Event Data File

From 1975-2005, the National Institute for Labor Relations Research collected more than 9,000 reports of union violence.  These incidents are recorded and electronically maintained in the Institute’s Violent Event Data File.

The Violent Event Data File is a record of violent events that involved labor union members and/or labor union officials. The file is organized into a list of individual records, with each record summarizing a separate violent event. The information about each of these events is found in articles in magazines, newspapers, television news program transcripts and trade association journals.

Violent events that occurred anywhere in the United States since 1975 are put into the file and recorded electronically, so that violent events can be listed by criteria such as the union involved, where and when the violence occurred, and whether the violence involved property damage and/or personal injury. In addition, the Data File can be programmed to print a listing of all violent incidents that occurred in Arizona and involved the Teamsters union. In addition, the original source of each event can easily be found because the number assigned to each record in the data file is also written on the original article. These original sources can then be relocated for confirmation and/or more detailed analysis.