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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 16th, 2013On September 16, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Bonnie S. Heraty, former Treasurer of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Greater Chicago Area Port Council (located in Joliet, Ill.), was sentenced to two years of probation including six months of home detention and was ordered to pay $12,974 in restitution and a $25 special assessment. On May 20, 2013, Heraty pled guilty to one count of making a false entry on a union document, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.