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Union Plus

Union Plus was created by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to help unions recruit and retain members and to provide union members and their families with high-quality consumer benefits and services.

Each program is carefully researched and developed by a team of experts. They do all the homework and negotiate the best deals using the financial clout of the more than 13 million members represented by AFL-CIO unions. Through this affiliation, Union Privilege is able to offer benefits of much greater value and quality than members can generally get on their own. Because Union Privilege carefully monitors each program, members get prompt, courteous service and high-quality benefits - as well as help in resolving any problems.

Visit the Union Plus Benefits page for detailed summary of some great union negotiated discounts on a wide variety of goods and services.

National Health & Safety Program

In the event of a serious accident, work related illness or safety violation that endangered life and limb, we need your help. Please notify us on our 24 Hour/7-Day notification system by dialing our HOTLINE SYSTEM at: 1-866-516-7233

You will receive an immediate response from a qualified Health & Safety representative. Making those important decisions when the "chips are down" will help insure that the rights of our membership remain property protected.

You can receive non-urgent information via E-mail at: [email protected]
Immediate Safety Issues or Accidents
Involving Our Members Call:
1-866-516-SAFE (7233)

Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)
Union Member Rights and Officer Responsibilities Under the LMRDA

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) guarantees certain rights to union members and imposes certain responsibilities on union officers. The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) enforces many LMRDA provisions while other provisions, such as the bill of rights, may only be enforced by union members through private suit in federal court. For more information contact the nearest OLMS field office listed on page 2 of this fact sheet.

Union Member Rights

Bill of Rights - Union members have:

  • equal rights to participate in union activities
  • freedom of speech and assembly
  • voice in setting rates of dues, fees, and assessments
  • protection of the right to sue
  • safeguards against improper discipline

Copies of Collective Bargaining Agreements - Union members and nonunion employees have the right to receive or inspect copies of collective bargaining agreements.
Reports - Unions are required to file an initial information report (Form LM-1), copies of constitutions and bylaws, and an annual financial report (Form LM-2/3/4) with OLMS. Unions must make the reports available to members and permit members to examine supporting records for just cause. The reports are public information and copies are available from the OLMS Internet

Public Disclosure Room at

Officer Elections - Union members have the right to:

  • nominate candidates for office
  • run for office
  • cast a secret ballot
  • protest the conduct of an election

Officer Removal- Local union members have the right to an adequate procedure for the removal of an elected officer guilty of serious misconduct.
Trusteeships - Unions may only be placed in trusteeship by a parent body for the reasons specified in the LMRDA.
Prohibition Against Certain Discipline - A union or any of its officials may not fine, expel, or otherwise discipline a member for exercising any LMRDA right.
Prohibition Against Violence - No one may use or threaten to use force or violence to interfere with a union member in the exercise of LMRDA rights.
Union Officer Responsibilities
Financial Safeguards - Union officers have a duty to manage the funds and property of the union solely for the benefit of the union and its members in accordance with the union's constitution and bylaws. Union officers or employees who embezzle or steal union funds or other assets commit a Federal crime punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
Bonding - Union officers or employees who handle union funds or property must be bonded to provide protection against losses if their union has property and annual financial receipts which exceed $5,000.

Labor Organization Reports 

Union officers must:

  • file an initial information report (Form LM-1) and annual financial reports (Forms LM-2/3/4) with OLMS.
  • retain the records necessary to verify the reports for at least five years.
Officer Reports

Union officers and employees must file reports concerning any loans and benefits received from, or certain financial interests in, employers whose employees their unions represent and businesses that deal with their unions.

Officer Elections 

Unions must:

  • hold elections of officers of local unions by secret ballot at least every three years
  • conduct regular elections in accordance with their constitution and bylaws and preserve all records for one year
  • mail a notice of election to every member at least 15 days prior to the election
  • comply with a candidate's request to distribute campaign material
  • not use union funds or resources to promote any candidate (nor may employer funds or resources be used)
  • permit candidates to have election observers
  • allow candidates to inspect the union's membership list once within 30 days prior to the election

Restrictions on Holding Office 

A person convicted of certain crimes may not serve as a union officer, employee, or other representative of a union for up to 13 years.

Loans - A union may not have outstanding loans to any one officer or employee that in total exceed $2,000 at any time.
Fines - A union may not pay the fine of any officer or employee convicted of any willful violation of the LMRDA.
Last Updated: 2/26/10