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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.

September 7th, 2016On September 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, John Bickerstaff, former business manager of Heat & Frost Insulators Local 133 (located in Bismarck, N.D.), was charged with one count of embezzling $70,659, one count of filing a false report, and one count of willfully concealing records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), 29 U.S.C. 439(b), and 29 U.S.C. 439(c), respectively. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.