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Committee Leaders Request Information from DOL Deputy Inspector General on Richard Griffin and IUOE Local 501


Dear Mr. Petrole:

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. We respectfully request information, documents, and communications relating 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 the embezzlement of funds from IUOE Local 501’s Apprenticeship Trust.  

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