WASHINGTON, D.C. | May 14, 2013
Dear Acting Secretary Harris:
We are seriously concerned by allegations that the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), its officers, and their co-conspirators aided and abetted in and/or embezzled and/or withheld millions of dollars from IUOE Local 501 and its members, prevented IUOE Local 501 from expanding its membership, and denied the members of IUOE Local 501 the right to freely select its own officers via a fair and honest election. We respectfully request information, documents, and communications related to any agency action involving IUOE Local 501 or its trusts.
Members and former officers of IUOE Local 501 recently filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court, Central District of California against IUOE, its officers, and their co-conspirators. The complaint clearly states the Department of Labor was aware of at least two of the allegations prior to the filing of the lawsuit: the embezzlement of funds from IUOE Local 501’s Apprenticeship Trust and the denial of union members’ right to a fair and honest election.
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