Assuring Fair and High Quality Work Environments

Filed in Workplace Rights by on December 21, 2010 3 Comments

John Lund is the Director of the Office of Labor Management Standards

The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). The LMRDA promotes union democracy and financial integrity and labor-management transparency. In its administration of the LMRDA, OLMS focuses on helping the Department assure fair and high quality work environments.

In furthering this mission, OLMS intends to publish a Request for Information seeking comments and information regarding the use of electronic balloting in union officer elections that are subject to LMRDA standards for union democracy.  We are interested in obtaining insight into how such balloting should be monitored and structured.

OLMS also intends to publish a proposed rule concerning the scope of reporting required by employers and labor relations consultants where an employer engages a consultant to persuade employees concerning their collective bargaining rights.  In this proposed rulemaking, OLMS will consider the scope of the LMRDA provision that exempts employers and consultants from filing a report by reason of the consultant’s giving or agreeing to give “advice” to the employer.

These initiatives will assist OLMS in advancing the LMRDA mission and will support the Secretary’s vision of good jobs for everyone by promoting worker voice in the workplace.

Ed. Note: Please note that comments posted to this blog are not part of the formal rulemaking process. You can find DOL’s proposed regulations, and submit comments, by visiting

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  1. It’s arduous to find knowledgeable folks on this subject, however you sound like you understand what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  2. T Casey says:

    Electronic balloting for union elections seems to me like a good thing. There must be some pretty good systems available, these days, that assure the integrity of the balloting system.
    Being a union worker in the healthcare industry, I am in favor of reporting by employers and labor relations consultants when it comes to their efforts to influence workers who are at any stage of unionizing or negotiating.

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