While the vast majority of union officers and employees do their work diligently and without incident, unfortunately civil and criminal violations do sometimes occur and, when they do, the union is the victim. The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts both civil and criminal investigations of alleged violations of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and related laws. These investigations by OLMS District Offices involve issues such as embezzlements of union funds, union officer elections, the filing of required reports by unions and others with OLMS, and the imposition of trusteeships over subordinate unions by a parent body. These investigations may result in legal enforcement actions. See Ensuring the Integrity of Labor Unions for further information.

As part of its enforcement program under the LMRDA, the Department of Labor (DOL) has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and with the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) with respect to enforcement responsibilities under the LMRDA.

DOJ Enforcement Coordination 

NLRB Enforcement Coordination – DOL-NLRB Memorandum of Understanding and the related Memorandum of Agreement Regarding the Sharing of Investigatory Information    


Last Updated: 11-30-21