Tips for DOL Compliance


Nominations: The First Step in the Election of Officers

Do you have an officer election coming up? Don't forget the importance of nominations. Failing to properly identify candidates at the beginning of the election process can cause you to start all over again at additional expense to your union … Continue reading


Secret Ballot

As defined by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), "Secret ballot" means the expression by ballot, voting machine, or otherwise, but in no event by proxy, of a choice with respect to any election or vote taken … Continue reading


Internal Protests of Union Officer Elections

If you are a member of your union's election committee or executive board, you may find yourself faced with the responsibility to review and decide the merits of protests filed by union members over the conduct of your union's officer. … Continue reading


DOL Election Investigations

After a member of your union has exhausted all internal union remedies for protesting an officer election, that member may decide to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). If a properly filed complaint to DOL alleges … Continue reading


The Election Notice: Letting Your Members Know There is an Election

One of the most important aspects of preparing for a union officer election is letting your members know that there is an election taking place. Federal law requires unions to mail a notice of election to each member's last known … Continue reading


Distribution of Campaign Literature "What are the Rules?"

Timing of Request. Unions are required to comply with all reasonable requests of candidates to distribute campaign literature to the membership at the candidates' expense. A member need not be formally nominated to be entitled to distribute campaign literature. Federal law requires … Continue reading


Delegate Elections

International unions and intermediate bodies, such as district councils and state associations, must elect their officers either by secret ballot among the members in good standing or at a convention of delegates chosen by secret ballot. These delegates … Continue reading


Use of Union or Employer Funds

Federal law prohibits the use of union funds to promote the candidacy of any person in union officer and delegate elections. This is a broad provision that covers a multitude of sins. First of all, it applies to the use … Continue reading


Candidate Qualifications

How do you know who can run for office in your union? Federal law provides that every union member in good standing is eligible to be a candidate and hold office subject to reasonable qualifications in the union's constitution and … Continue reading


Investigation of Internal Election Protests

Receipt of a properly filed election protest from a member of your union will prompt an investigation. Check your constitution and bylaws, or check with your international union representative to find out who is responsible for investigating election protests … Continue reading

 
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