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The trust told The Times last week that Mr. Gannon has since been transferred to the legislative department of the union itself.

Mr. Gannon did not respond to a request for comment.

The law

On Dec. 31, Mr. Gannon terminated his status at the trust as a registered federal lobbyist — the person interacting with lawmakers on its behalf — a position he had held since before pleading guilty, lobbying records show. His lobbying efforts most recently concentrated on a $105 billion, two-year transportation funding bill that was signed into law by President Obama in June.

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act bans people convicted of certain crimes — such as lying, stealing or their equivalents — from holding positions of power within unions and related organizations such as trust funds.

Among the crimes that the act defines as excluding a person from a union post are “knowingly making a false statement of material fact or failing to disclose a material fact in any labor organization report,” “abuse or misuse of an individual’s position or employment in a labor organization or employee benefit plan,” or “any crime that is equivalent to the above crimes.”

Under the act, such convicts cannot hold “any officer or employee position” of a union, or be an “officer or executive or administrative employee of any entity devoted to providing goods and services to a labor organization.”

A person convicted of these sorts of crimes cannot hold a union post, elected or appointed, for 13 years after conviction.

It is a criminal offense for the prohibited individual to take such a job or for a union to hire him.

Mr. Gannon is not the first Laborers hire to have had a run-in with the government.

Gordon Green, director of the Laborers’ Service Contract Education and Training Trust Fund, was sentenced to prison after being charged in 2007 with bribery relating to an employee benefit fund and theft of employee benefit plan property.

He sold union information to a contractor managing government buildings’ maintenance for a suitcase containing $150,000 in cash; the government contractor alerted authorities.

“Gordon Green’s criminal actions demonstrate both an astonishing breach of the trust placed in him by the Laborers' International Union of North America and an intolerable example of corruption and greed,” prosecutors said.

He received six months in prison after getting credit for “substantial assistance in the investigation or prosecution of other persons who have committed criminal offenses.”

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