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 www.regulations.gov.