As a result of criminal and civil actions brought by the U.S. Attorney, a union may agree to a consent decree that subjects the union to intense supervision by the court for a number of years. Usually, a monitor is put in place, at the union’s expense, who is charged with enforcing the terms of the decree and reporting back to the court about his progress.
The monitor’s familiarity with how unions function may play an important role in the quality of the effort. Generally, the monitor is charged with rooting out corruption and ensuring democratic procedures. The specific powers and duties of the monitor and the goals of the consent decree are set forth in the terms of the court’s order.
Cary Kane’s attorneys are experienced in advising unions subject to a consent decree. They have also ligated matters before the court involving consent decrees.
If your union is subject to a consent decree, we can be reached at (212) 868-6300 or here.