Labor Relations

Labor organizations represent millions of workers in the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is responsible for administering and enforcing most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). LMRDA directly affects millions of people throughout the United States. The law was enacted to ensure basic standards of democracy and fiscal responsibility in labor organizations representing employees in private industry. The major provisions of LMRDA are:

  • A "bill of rights" for union members;
  • Requirements for reporting and disclosure of financial information and administrative practices by labor unions;
  • Requirements for reporting and disclosure by employers, labor relations consultants, union officers and employees, and surety companies, when they engage in certain activities;
  • Rules for establishing and maintaining trusteeships;
  • Standards for conducting fair elections of union officers; and
  • Safeguards for protecting union funds and assets.

Other federal agencies listed below provide additional services outside the realm of OLMS in labor relations.