Number: 13-04

November 3, 2004

OLMS Seeks Public Comments Concerning Rights of Members of Federal Sector Unions

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is seeking public comments on a November 3, 2004 proposal that will require Federal sector unions to inform their members about their democratic rights as union members. Under the proposal, labor organizations will be required to provide all new members with a notice of their rights and, if they have a Web site, they must either post their own notice stating all such union member democratic rights or create a hyperlink to -Union Member Rights and Officer Responsibilities under the Civil Service Reform Act- on the OLMS Web site.

The labor organizations will also be required to provide written notice to all members every three years either by enclosing a notice with the statutorily mandated notice of elections or by other methods the organization may choose. OLMS will have the authority to initiate investigations and take enforcement action to remedy any violations of the regulation through existing administrative enforcement mechanisms.

To view the proposal, please visit the OLMS Web site. OLMS invites comments about the proposal from interested parties, including labor organizations, union members, public interest groups, and the public. Comments must be received on or before January 3, 2005. Comments can be submitted by any of the following methods. In each instance, identify the comments by including the designation: RIN 1215-AB48.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Please follow the instructions for submitting comments.


Fax: (202) 693-1340. To assure access to the fax equipment, only comments of five or fewer pages will be accepted via fax transmittal, unless arrangements are made prior to faxing, by calling (202) 693-0123 and scheduling a time for fax receipt.


Mailed comments should be sent to:
Lary Yud, Deputy Director
Office of Labor-Management Standards
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room N-5605
Washington, D.C. 20210.

Because the Department continues to experience delays in U.S. mail delivery due to the ongoing concerns involving toxic contamination, commenters should take this into consideration when preparing to meet the deadline for submitting comments.

Comments will be available for public inspection during normal business hours at the above address.

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Last Updated: 11-05-04