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Congressional Oversight, but only for some
Posted by: McQ on Monday, October 22, 2007

The one big promise Democrats made as they pushed for a majority in Congress during the last election was the promise of real oversight. Apparently, however, that oversight will only be applicable to those constituencies by whom they aren't politically controlled:
Yet at the same time, union-funded politicians in Congress are successfully pushing forward in their campaign to slash the budget for the Department of Labor agency responsible for overseeing how union leaders spend their members’ money. Think of this organization — the Office of Labor-Management Standards — as the SEC for unions.

There’s rank hypocrisy in this union ploy. Worse, there are real-world consequences for union members.

Given its mission, the OLMS offers critical protection for union members who have little power to stand up to Big Labor, a $10 billion-a-year industry. The agency uses its already-meager budget and authority to step in when corrupt union officials rig internal union elections.

More importantly, OLMS investigates abuse of dues money and monitors compliance with accounting requirements. It’s getting the job done. Since 2001 the courts have ordered restitution of $70 million in OLMS criminal cases. That’s real union money that union bosses are really trying to keep covered up.
How bad is it?
Administration officials also contend that OLMS has made significant progress in enforcing regulations that promote transparency and financial integrity, but there is still much room for improvement. According to the Department of Labor, there have been some 760 convictions in the last six years by OLMS for stealing union funds, a 26 percent increase, and over $70 million worth of restitution has been court ordered.
Not to mention the excellent union audit record:
An analysis from the Center for Union Facts based on documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request found that only 43 out of 643 union audits — that’s a dismal 6 percent — by OLMS passed muster.
Democrats have reportedly recommended a $2 million dollar reduction in the OLMS budget from last year. It would seem apparent, at least to most reasonable people, that unions are demanding their due for helping Democrats achieve a Congressional majority last year. And it is equally apparent that Democrats see no problem with throwing union members under the bus in favor of the union bosses demands.
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What can union members do? Demand their Beck rights? Be serious. The unions control their members’ healthcare and retirement benefits.

My wife just shuts up and does her job. Some battles are not worth fighting.

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And it is equally apparent that Democrats see no problem with throwing union members under the bus in favor of the union bosses demands
Boo hoo.

They’re getting what they voted for.
What can union members do
Not vote Democrat?
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