Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Labor-Management Standards
Milwaukee District Office
310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1160W
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 297-1501 Fax: (414) 297-1685
January 27, 2011
Mr. Thomas Wurl, President
Carpenters Local 1733
411 E Larch St.
Stratford, WI 54484
LM Number: 053020
Dear Mr. Wurl:
This office has recently completed an audit of Carpenters Local 1733 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 Financial Secretary Treasurer Beverly Krohn on January 13, 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.
The audit disclosed a violation of LMRDA Section 201(b), which requires labor organizations to
file annual financial reports accurately disclosing their financial condition and operations. The
Labor Organization Annual Report Form LM-3 filed by Local 1733 for fiscal year ending June
30, 2010, was deficient in the following area:
Item 13 – (During the reporting period did your organization acquire or dispose of any
assets in any manner other than by purchase or sale?) should have been answered, "Yes,"
because the union gave away one $25 gift certificate to each member totaling $11,400
during the year. The union must identify the type and value of any property received or
given away in the additional information section of the LM report along with the identity
of the recipient(s) or donor(s) of such property. The union does not have to itemize every
recipient of such giveaways by name. The union can describe the recipients by broad
categories if appropriate such as “members” or “new retirees.” In addition, the union must
report the cost, book value, and trade-in allowance for assets that it traded in.
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 1733 amended its constitution and bylaws
several years ago, but did not file a copy with its LM report for the year during which the
changes were made.
Mr. Thomas Wurl
July 6, 2011
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Local 1733 has now filed a copy of its constitution and bylaws.
I want to extend my personal appreciation to Carpenters Local 1733 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.