U.S. Department of Labor

Office of Labor-Management Standards
Cincinnati Office
36 East Seventh Street, Suite 2550
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 684-6840 | Fax: (513) 684-6845

August 21, 2015

Mr. Jay Meurer, Jr., Treasurer
Painters Local 118
4204 South Brook Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40214
Case Number: 350-6000770
LM Number: 003-159

Dear Mr. Meurer:

This office has recently completed an audit of Painters Local 118 under the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to determine your organization’s compliance with the provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). As discussed during the exit interview with you on August 19, 2015, 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.

Reporting Violations

1. Failure to File Bylaws

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 118 amended its constitution and bylaws in 2013, but did not file a copy with its LM report for that year. However, Local 118 has now filed a copy of its constitution and bylaws, so no further action is necessary.

Other Issues

The review of Local 118’s disbursement checks written in fiscal year ending December 31, 2012, revealed many that contained only one officer’s signature. As we discussed, the two signature requirement is an effective internal control of union funds. Furthermore, a review of Local 118’s more recent disbursement checks revealed that the union is now enforcing the two signature requirement. Therefore, no further action is necessary.

I want to extend my personal appreciation to Painters Local 118 for the cooperation and courtesy extended during this compliance audit. If we can provide any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to call.


Senior Investigator

cc: Mr. Tyler L. Geiman, CPA
Mr. Paul M. Berkowitz, Esquire