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by News on November 3, 2011

in Federal Legislation, Union Politics and Transparency

By Paul Kersey/Mackinac Center

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor loosened union financial disclosure rules, making it easier for union officials to hide questionable practices.

In particular, the department exempted lower-level union officers, such as shop stewards, from reporting requirements entirely. The department also removed reporting requirements on “union leave,” a term that refers to the time that union officials spend on union business while still being paid by the company. This change makes it easier for union operatives to abuse union leave arrangements. Without some sort of accounting for this leave, union officials will be more likely to use it inappropriately for personal business or even recreation.

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