Title 29 U.S.C. § 530 prohibits any person from using actual or threatened violence for the purpose of interfering with, or retaliating against, the exercise by members of labor organizations of rights guaranteed to them by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). These rights of labor union members in the private sector include, among others, the right to assemble and speak on union affairs, to participate in union meetings, to vote in union elections, to be a candidate for union office, and to support candidates of one's choice. See 29 U.S.C. §§ 411 and 481. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has primary investigative jurisdiction with respect to violations of 29 U.S.C. § 530, pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of Justice and Labor dated February 16, 1960. The Memorandum permits different arrangements to be made by the Departments of Justice and Labor on a case-by-case basis. The Labor Management Unit of the Organized Crime and Gang Section, Criminal Division, has supervisory authority.
[updated May 2011]