Sailors Union Corruption

U.S. Department of Labor

Office of Labor-Management Standards Suite N-5119

200 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20210

(202) 693-0143

I am writing in response to your May 16, 2018 e-mail to U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta. In your e-mail, you expressed concern over actions you state were undertaken by the Department of Labor with regard to the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific.

Your e-mail was referred to this agency, the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor- Management Standards (OLMS). OLMS administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor- Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). The LMRDA was enacted to ensure basic standards of democracy and fiscal responsibility in private sector labor unions. OLMS ensures compliance with the provisions of the LMRDA by conducting compliance audits of local and international unions, requiring public disclosure of reports, and conducting investigations to detect violations of the LMRDA. OLMS’s investigations involve civil matters (e.g., elections of union officers) and criminal matters (e.g., embezzlement of union funds).

I have referred your e-mail to the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office for action it deems advisable. If you have concerns about possible misappropriation of union funds, you may also contact that office directly at (415) 625-2661.

In your e-mail, you referenced Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) laws. Accordingly, I have referred your e-mail to the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Questions about RICO can be directed to the OIG Hotline at (800) 347-3756, or can be submitted online at