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Committee Leaders Request Information on Richard Griffin and IUOE Local 501


Dear Ms. Ruemmler:

We are deeply concerned by allegations that Richard Griffin, while serving as General Counsel of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), participated in a conspiracy to conceal the embezzlement of union funds from IUOE Local 501 and its members, as well as deprive those union members of a fair and honest election. On January 9, 2012 President Obama recess appointed Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was regularly meeting in pro forma session.  Most recently, on February 13, 2013 President Obama nominated Mr. Griffin for the NLRB.  We respectfully request information, documents, and communications concerning the allegations against Richard Griffin collected by the White House during his appointment and nomination process.

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 alleges IUOE, its officers, and their co-conspirators aided and abetted in and/or embezzled and/or withheld millions 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.

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