February 02, 2015
The following information was taken
directly from the
Department of Labor (DOL) website.
The standards of conduct provisions of
the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), among other
statutes, guarantee certain rights to members of unions
representing Federal employees and impose certain
responsibilities on officers of these unions to ensure union
democracy, financial integrity, and transparency. The Office of
Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is the Federal agency with
primary authority to enforce many standards of conduct
provisions. If you need additional information or suspect a
violation of these rights or responsibilities, please contact OLMS at 1-866-4-USA-DOL. You should also refer to 29 CFR 457.1 -
459.5, and your union's constitution and bylaws for information
on union procedures, timelines, and remedies.
Union Member Rights
Bill of Rights- Union
equal rights to participate in union
freedom of speech and assembly
voice in setting rates of dues,
fees, and assessments
protection of the right to sue
safeguards against improper
Collective Bargaining Agreements
- Union members (and certain nonunion employees) have the right
to receive or inspect copies of collective bargaining
Constitutions, Bylaws, and
Reports - Unions are required to file an initial
information report (Form LM-1), copies of constitutions and
bylaws, and an annual financial report (Form LM-2/3/4) with OLMS.
Unions must make these documents available to members and permit
members to examine the records necessary to verify the financial
reports for just cause. The documents are public information and
copies of reports are available from OLMS and on the Internet at
Officer Elections -
Union members have the right to:
Officer Removal - Local
union members have the right to an adequate procedure for the
removal of an elected officer guilty of serious misconduct.
Trusteeships - A union
may not be placed in trusteeship by a parent body except for
those reasons specified in the standards of conduct regulations.
Protection for Exercising CSRA
Rights - A union or any of its officials may not fine,
expel, or otherwise discipline a member for exercising any CSRA
Prohibition Against Violence
- No one may use or threaten to use force or violence to
interfere with a union member in the exercise of his or her CSRA
Financial Safeguards -
Union officers have a duty to manage the funds and property of
the union solely for the benefit of the union and its members in
accordance with the union's constitution and bylaws. The union
must provide accounting and financial controls necessary to
assure fiscal integrity.
Prohibition of Conflicts of
Interest - A union officer or employee may not (1) have
any monetary or personal interest or (2) engage in any business
or financial transaction that would conflict with his or her
fiduciary obligation to the union.
Bonding - Union
officers or employees who handle union funds or property must be
bonded to provide protection against losses if their union has
property and annual financial receipts that exceed $5,000.
Labor Organization Reports
- Union officers must:
Officer Elections -
hold elections of officers of local
unions by secret ballot at least every three years.
conduct regular elections in
accordance with their constitution and bylaws and preserve
all records for one year.
mail a notice of election to every
member at least 15 days prior to the election.
comply with a candidate's request to
distribute campaign material.
not use union funds or resources to
promote any candidate (nor may employer funds or resources
permit candidates to have election
Restrictions on Holding Office
- A person convicted of certain crimes may not serve as a union
officer, employee, or other representative of a union for up to
Loans - A union may not
have outstanding loans to any one officer or employee that in
total exceed $2,000 at any time.
Last Updated by DOL: 07/27/04