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IN RE: ELIGIBILITY OF                          )           Protest Decision 2016 ESD 73

            ALAN WALCZAK and                  )           Issued: January 16, 2016

            ROBERT PALACZ,                                    )           OES Case No. E-097-011216-MW


            Local Union 710.                               )                      



            Brian Oliver, member of Local Union 710, 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 Alan Walczak was ineligible to nominate or second candidates, and Robert Palacz is ineligible for nomination as delegate to the IBT convention.  


            Election Supervisor representative Jeffrey Ellison investigated this protest.


Findings of Fact and Analysis


Article II, Section 5(h) of the Rules provides that  a member is eligible to nominate another member for delegate or alternate or second that nomination if the nominating or seconding member has “his/her dues paid through the month prior to the nominations meeting.” 


In contrast to the good standing requirement applicable to nominators and seconders, the Rules require continuous good standing for candidates.  Thus, Article VI, Section 1(a) of the Rules provides that “to be eligible to run for any Convention delegate, alternate delegate or International Officer position, one must:  (1) be a member in continuous good standing of the Local Union, with one’s dues paid to the Local Union for a period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the month of nomination for said position with no interruptions in active membership due to suspensions, expulsions, withdrawals, transfers or failure to pay fines or assessments; (2) be employed at the craft within the jurisdiction of the Local Union for a period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the month of nomination; and (3) be eligible to hold office if elected.”


The nominations meeting for Local Union 710’s delegates and alternate delegates election was held January 10, 2016.  Therefore, a member is eligible to nominate or second if his dues were paid through December 2015.  In comparison, the 24-month period during which candidates must be in continuous good standing in order to be eligible for nomination ran from January 2014 through December 2015.  The protest alleged that Walczak was ineligible to nominate and that Palacz was ineligible to run.  We consider these two allegations separately.


To verify Walczak’s eligibility to nominate, we reviewed TITAN records for dues remitted on his behalf.  Walczak’s TITAN shows that dues posted to his payment record on December 22, 2015 paid him through December 2015.  Therefore, he was eligible to nominate or second at the nominations meeting held January 10, 2016. 


To verify Palacz’s eligibility to run, we reviewed his TITAN records as well.  Palacz has been employed by YRC for some nineteen years, including the entire eligibility period at issue here.  He paid his dues by check-off authorization.  He had no periods of unemployment during the eligibility period, and his monthly dues were deducted and remitted to the local union pursuant to the check-off authorization he signed with each employer. 


Palacz’s TITAN record shows three instances in early 2014 where dues deducted by YRC were remitted late to the local union.  Palacz worked full-time, without layoff or period of disability, and therefore had sufficient earnings in each month from which dues could be deducted.  The late remittance of Palacz’s dues does not interrupt his continuous good standing.  A member on dues check-off retains his good standing even if his dues were remitted late or not at all by the employer, provided he had signed a check-off authorization and had sufficient earnings or paid leave in the month from which dues could have been deducted.  IBT Constitution, Article X, Section 5(c); Eligibility of John Gerow, et al., 2006 ESD 121 (March 2, 2006); Eligibility of Thiel, 2010 ESD 16 (July 26, 2010), appeal withdrawn, 10 EAM 4 (August 6, 2010); Eligibility of Montes, 2011 ESD 114 (February 16, 2011).  This rule operates to protect Palacz’s continuous good standing.


            Accordingly, we find Walczak was in good standing with his dues paid through December 2015 at the time of the January 10, 2016 nominations meeting and was therefore ELIGIBLE to nominate and second members to run for delegate and alternate delegate.  Further, we find Palacz has maintained continuous good standing for the 24-month eligibility period and is therefore ELIGIBLE to stand for delegate in Local Union 710’s delegates and alternate delegates election.


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 73 




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


Brian Oliver

8231 Highland Place

Munster, IN 46321


Alan Walczak


Bob Palacz


Teamsters Local Union 710

9000 W. 187th Street

Mokena, IL 60448


Bill Broberg

1108 Fincastle Road

Lexington, KY 40502


Jeffrey Ellison

214 S. Main Street, Suite 212

Ann Arbor, MI 48104