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IN RE: VERNON GAMMON,                   )           Protest Decision 2016 ESD 70

                                                                        )           Issued: January 16, 2016

            Protestor.                                           )           OES Case No. P-102-011316-SO     



            Vernon Gammon, member and principal officer of Local Union 391, filed a pre-election protest pursuant to Article XIII, Section 2(b) of the Rules for the 2015-2016 IBT International Union Delegate and Officer Election (“Rules”).  The protest alleged that the signature of Amos Williams on a slate declaration submitted to the local union was possibly forged.


            Election Supervisor representative Dolores Hall investigated this protest.


Findings of Fact and Analysis


            Amos Williams is a member of Local Union 391.  He was nominated for delegate in the local union’s delegates and alternate delegates election held January 9, 2016.  A slate declaration form containing the names and signatures of Williams and 17 other candidates for delegate and alternate delegate was submitted to the local union indicating that Williams is a member of The Horsemen of Local 391 slate. 


Protestor Gammon contends that Williams’s signature is possibly forged.  Gammon submitted several examples of Williams’s signature to our investigator, one of which is notarized.  Gammon urges that the signature exemplars differ in material respects from the purported signature of Williams that appears on the slate declaration.


Williams told our investigator that he personally signed the slate declaration form and intends to run as a member of the slate.


Article VIII of the Rules governs slate formation.  Section 1(b) states that “[t]o form a slate, there shall be mutual consent between and among all candidates running on the slate.  Such mutual consent shall be evidenced by the signing of a declaration by all members of the slate, giving the position that each candidate seeks and the name, if any, of the slate to be formed.” 


We find based on our review of all documents and Williams’s statement to our investigator that he signed the slate declaration form.  Accordingly, we DENY this protest.


Any interested party not satisfied with this determination may request a hearing before the Election Appeals Master within two (2) working days of receipt of this decision.  The parties are reminded that, absent extraordinary circumstances, no party may rely upon evidence that was not presented to the Office of the Election Supervisor in any such appeal.  Requests for a hearing shall be made in writing, shall specify the basis for the appeal, and shall be served upon:


Kathleen A. Roberts

Election Appeals Master


620 Eighth Avenue, 34th floor

New York, NY 10018


Copies of the request for hearing must be served upon the parties, as well as upon the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 1050 17th Street, N.W., Suite 375, Washington, D.C. 20036, all within the time prescribed above.  A copy of the protest must accompany the request for hearing.


                                                                        Richard W. Mark

                                                                        Election Supervisor

cc:        Kathleen A. Roberts

            2016 ESD 70 




Bradley T. Raymond, General Counsel

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

25 Louisiana Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001


David J. Hoffa

1701 K Street NW, Ste 350

Washington DC 20036


Ken Paff

Teamsters for a Democratic Union

P.O. Box 10128

Detroit, MI 48210-0128


Barbara Harvey

1394 E. Jefferson Avenue

Detroit, MI 48207


Teamsters United

315 Flatbush Avenue, #501

Brooklyn, NY 11217


Louie Nikolaidis

350 West 31st Street, Suite 40

New York, NY 10001


Julian Gonzalez

350 West 31st Street, Suite 40

New York, NY 10001


David O’Brien Suetholz

515 Park Avenue

Louisville, KY 45202


Fred Zuckerman

P.O. Box 9493

Louisville, KY 40209


Vernon Gammon

P.O. Box 35405

Greensboro, NC 27425


Amos Williams

123 Richardson Road

New Bern, NC 28562


Dolores Hall

1000 Belmont Pl

Metairie, LA 70001


Jeffrey Ellison

214 S. Main Street, Suite 212

Ann Arbor, MI 48104