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Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

U.S. Department of Labor
Employment Standards Administration
Office of Labor-Management Standards
Pittsburgh District Office
1000 Liberty Avenue
Room 1411
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412)395-6925 Fax: (412)395-5409

April 4, 2007

Mr. Russell McDevitt, Financial Secretary
Steelworkers AFL-CIO
Local 1280
P.O. Box 281
Follansbee, WV 26037

Re: Case Number

LM File Number 528-337

Dear Mr. McDevitt:

This office has recently completed an audit of Steelworkers Local 1280 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 April 3, 2007, 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 CAP disclosed a violation of LMRDA Section 206 which requires, among other things, that adequate records be maintained for at least 5 years by which each receipt and disbursement of funds, as well as all account balances, can be verified, explained, and clarified. Specifically, Local 1280 failed to maintain adequate supporting documentation of disbursements for the union/company golf outing, the union/company picnic, and USW District 8 summer school. In addition, itemized meal receipts with the names of individuals present for meal expenses and the locations (names of restaurants) where meal expenses were incurred must be recorded.

I want to extend my personal appreciation to Steelworkers Local 1280 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.