Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)
U.S. Department of Labor
Employment Standards Administration
Office of Labor-Management Standards
Cleveland District Office
240 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44199
January 7, 2008
Mr. John Brunnegraff, Financial Secretary
723 Wilson Avenue
Coshocton, OH 43812
LM File Number 021-614
Dear Mr. Brunnegraff:
This office has recently completed an audit of Steelworkers Local 50 under the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to determine your organization's compliance with the provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting a Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). As discussed during the exit interview with you on December 11,2007, the following problems were disclosed during the CAP. The matters listed below are not an exhaustive list of all possible problem areas since the audit conducted was limited in scope.
The audit disclosed a violation of LMRDA Section 201(a), which requires that a union submit a copy of its revised constitution and bylaws with its LM report when it makes changes to its constitution or bylaws. Local 50 amended its bylaws in 2004, but did not file a copy with its LM report for that year. Local 50 has now filed a copy of its bylaws.
As I discussed during the exit interview, the audit revealed that Local 50 does not have a clear policy regarding meal allowances personnel may claim while not on travel status. OLMS recommends that Local 50 adopt written guidelines concerning such matters.
I want to extend my personal appreciation to Steelworkers Local 50 for the cooperation and courtesy extended during this compliance audit. I strongly recommend that you make sure this letter and the compliance assistance materials provided to you are passed on to future officers. If we can provide any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to call.