Oct 11, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
If companies did this, the liberals here would be up at arms ... but do unions get a pass?
The OIG report states that “OLMS did not determine overall if its [audit program] was effective in detecting criminal and civil violations of the LMRDA to improve safeguards of union assets.” In other words, OLMS cannot demonstrate whether it is effectively promoting union transparency and financial integrity. As an example, according to the OIG report, in a sample of 513 audits, OLMS only identified violations in 81 (16%) of the audits. However, when OIG reviewed the same 513 audits, it found that 473 audits (92%) contained violations of the federal disclosure requirements that should have been found by OLMS. Whether attributed to OLMS’s incompetence or union favoritism, this glaring disparity is simply unacceptable.
This report will likely raise some eyebrows of those union-represented workers who – either voluntarily or involuntarily – pay dues or fees to labor unions:
1. 92% of union financial reports contain errors?
2. OLMS – the agency that is supposed to promote union financial integrity – only caught 16% of them?
With this report confirming poor governmental oversight and potential financial mismanagement of union funds, it’s no wonder why union membership continues to decline in the private sector, and why states such as Indiana enact Right to Work laws, which give workers the choice of whether they want to contribute some of their hard-earned money to a labor union.