On April 2, Oliver Kapau III, formerly lead field representative of Local 368 of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) in Honolulu, was denied a request for an exemption from holding union office. Section 504 of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act prohibits union officials convicted of certain crimes from holding office for at least 13 years. Kapau had been convicted of money-laundering in November 2002. The U.S. Labor Department informed him last June of its decision to continue the ban. (OLMS, 4/21/09).