Bill Seeks To Fine Unions For Reporting Breaches

Law360, New York (April 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Hoping to crack down on labor union misconduct, a coalition of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced legislation that would impose civil penalties on organizations that breach transparency requirements or obstruct their members’ rights.

The bill, unveiled by 15 Republicans last week, would introduce monetary penalties for unions that violate the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. An average of 35% of unions currently break the 1959 law but cannot be punished for it, the bill’s supporters said.

“Labor union members deserve fair and...
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