The Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed that, over the last year, the number of cases of embezzled union dues has increased.
As reported on CNS News, DOL’s:
. . . Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) recently released its enforcement data. The totals for fiscal year 2008 – which began on Oct. 1, 2007 – now stand at 49 convictions, 57 indictments, and court-ordered restitution of $1,251,798.
According to the Labor Department, “The bulk of the cases involved the embezzlement of union funds.
“These totals represent increases of 20 percent (41 to 49) in convictions and 39 percent (41 to 57) in indictments over fiscal year 2007,” the department noted.
“This financial restitution, as well as the convictions and indictments, highlight the vital role OLMS plays in protecting America’s union members,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Standards Don Todd.