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Number: 13-06

June 2, 2006

Final Rule Requires Federal Sector Labor Organizations to Give Members Notice of Their Civil Service Reform Act Rights

On June 2, 2006, the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) published a final rule modifying the Standards of Conduct regulations under the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA). The Standards of Conduct regulations provide members of federal sector labor organizations with a -bill of rights- and other protections. These rights and protections are similar to those applicable to members of private sector unions under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).

This rule requires labor organizations to inform their members of the rights and protections guaranteed them. Under the rule, which becomes effective July 3, 2006, federal sector unions must notify their members of their rights by October 2, 2006, and at least every three years thereafter. In addition, new members must be informed of their rights within 90 days of joining the union.

More information, including links to the text of the final rule, information on enforcement, frequently asked questions, and compliance assistance information are available on the OLMS Web site.

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Last Updated: 06/02/06