Trump’s Labor Department Could Revive Union-Auditing Office

Dec. 1, 2016, 10:51 PM

An arcane Labor Department office that enforces union disclosure requirements might be revived by Republican lawmakers eager to work with President-elect Donald Trump on unearthing labor corruption.

The DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards has 44 percent fewer full-time employees than at its peak when George W. Bush was president. Early in the Obama administration, the department disbanded an OLMS division created under Bush specifically to audit large international unions.

Discussions on the next administration’s union stance have been focused thus far on the U.S. Supreme Court and National Labor Relations Board. But the potential for a Republican DOL to impose ...

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