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Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Labor-Management Standards
Buffalo District Office
130 South Elmwood Avenue, Suite 510
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 842-2900 Fax: (716) 842-2901

April 22, 2011

Mr. Wesley Schlosin, President
Painters, AFL-CIO, Local 43
2191 Bedell Road #4
Grand Island, NY 14072

Case Number:
LM Number: 030412

Dear Mr. Schlosin:

This office has recently completed an audit of Painters, AFL-CIO, Local 43 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 Treasurer Greg Internicola on April 7, 2011, 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.

Recordkeeping Violation

Title II of the LMRDA establishes certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Section
206 requires, among other things, that labor organizations maintain adequate records for at least
five years by which each receipt and disbursement of funds, as well as all account balances, can
be verified, explained, and clarified. As a general rule, labor organizations must maintain all
records used or received in the course of union business.

For disbursements, this includes not only original bills, invoices, receipts, vouchers, and
applicable resolutions, but also documentation showing the nature of the union business
requiring the disbursement, the goods or services received, and the identity of the recipient(s) of
the goods or services. In most instances, this documentation requirement can be satisfied with a
sufficiently descriptive expense receipt or invoice. If an expense receipt is not sufficiently
descriptive, a union officer or employee should write a note on it providing the additional
information. For money it receives, the labor organization must keep at least one record showing
the date, amount, purpose, and source of that money. The labor organization must also retain
bank records for all accounts.

The audit of Local 43’s 2009/10 records revealed the following recordkeeping violation:

Mr. Wesley Schlosin
April 22, 2011
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General Expenses

Local 43 did not retain adequate documentation for expenses by union officers totaling at
least $920. As an example check number in the amount of $18.52 for office supplies or
check # in the amount of $116 for stamps.

As noted above, labor organizations must retain original receipts, bills, and vouchers for all
disbursements. The president and treasurer (or corresponding principal officers) of your
union, who are required to sign your union’s LM report, are responsible for properly
maintaining union records.

Based on your assurance that Local 43 will retain adequate documentation in the future, OLMS
will take no further enforcement action at this time regarding the above violations.

Other Violations

The audit disclosed the following other violations:

1. Delinquent Filing
The law requires the President and Treasurer, or corresponding principal officers, of each
labor organization to file an annual financial report with this agency within 90 days after the
close of each reporting year.

Local 43 has not filed their LM-3 report in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010 with OLMS.
Therefore, the organization's report is long overdue. Please file your delinquent LM-3 report
to this office no later than May 6, 2011.

2. Inadequate Bonding
The audit revealed a violation of LMRDA Section 502 (Bonding), which requires that union
officers and employees be bonded for no less than 10 percent of the total funds those
individuals or their predecessors handled during the preceding fiscal year.

The audit revealed that Local 43’s bonding coverage expired on March 11, 2011. Local 43
will obtain proof of adequate bonding coverage for its officers and employees and provide
proof of bonding coverage to this office as soon as possible, but not later than May 20, 2011.

I want to extend my personal appreciation to Painters, AFL-CIO, Local 43 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.

Mr. Wesley Schlosin
April 22, 2011
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Mr. Greg Internicola, Treasurer
Mr. Greg Stoner, Financial Secretary