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Office of Labor-Management Enforcement

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts both civil and criminal investigations of alleged violations of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and related laws.

These investigations by OLMS District Offices involve issues such as embezzlements of union funds, union officer elections, the filing of required reports by unions and others with OLMS, and the imposition of trusteeships over subordinate unions by a parent body. These investigations may result in legal enforcement actions.

March 3rd, 2011On March 3, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Warren Joseph Annunziata, Fund Administrator for United Craft and Industrial Workers Union Local 91 (a union that represents school bus drivers and matrons in New York City), was sentenced to 33 months in prison, two years supervised release, and was ordered to pay $250,000 in forfeiture and restitution. On February 26, 2010, Annunziata was indicted for extorting cash payments from union employers totaling at least $500,000. Annunziata further received tens of thousands of dollars from a union employer who placed money into a bank account controlled by Annunziata which Annunziata then used for personal expenses by utilizing a false identity and forged signatures. On July 29, 2010, Annunziata pled guilty to 18 U.S.C. 1951. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General, and the FBI.