Union Member Rights under the Civil Service Reform Act

Bill of Rights

Union members have:

  1. Equal rights to participate in union activities
  2. Freedom of speech and assembly
  3. Voice in setting rates of dues, fees, and assessments
  4. Protection of the right to sue
  5. Safeguards against improper discipline

Collective Bargaining Agreements

Union members (and certain nonunion employees) have the right to receive or inspect copies of collective bargaining agreements.

Constitutions, Bylaws, and 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 these documents available to members and permit members to examine the records necessary to verify the financial reports for just cause. The documents are public information and copies of reports are available from OLMS and at www.union-reports.dol.gov.

Officer Elections

Union members have the right to:

  1. Nominate candidates for office
  2. Run for office
  3. Cast a secret ballot
  4. Protest the conduct of an election within the time limits set by the union’s constitution and/or bylaws

Officer Removal

Local union members have the right to an adequate procedure for the removal of an elected officer guilty of serious misconduct.


A union may not be placed in trusteeship by a parent body except for those reasons specified in the standards of conduct regulations.

Protection for Exercising CSRA Rights

A union or any of its officials may not fine, expel, or otherwise discipline a member for exercising any CSRA 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 his or her CSRA rights.

Officer responsibilities under the Civil Service Reform Act