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Number: 19-07

December 18, 2007

Fact Sheet on Observer Rights and Responsibilities in Elections of Union Officers Now Available on OLMS Web Site

The Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has today posted on its web site a fact sheet on Observer Rights and Responsibilities in Elections of Union Officers.

Section 401(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) provides that any candidate for union office has the right to have an observer at the polls and the counting of the ballots. This right extends to any candidate in an election subject to Title IV of the LMRDA, including elections in local unions, intermediate bodies and national and international unions.

This fact sheet describes the role of the observer and explains observer rights and responsibilities.

The fact sheet is available in pdf format at: And in html format at:

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Last Updated: 12/28/07