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IN RE: JOE BALKIS,                                 )           Protest Decision 2016 ESD 95

                                                                        )           Issued: January 31, 2016

            Protestor.                                           )           OES Case Nos. P-098-011216-MW  

____________________________________)                       & P-105-011516-MW


            Joe Balkis, member and delegate candidate in Local Union 705 and candidate for IBT vice president, Central region, filed two pre-election protests pursuant to Article XIII, Section 2(b) of the Rules for the 2015-2016 IBT International Union Delegate and Officer Election (“Rules”).  The protests alleged that UPS denied him parking lot access to campaign at the Harvey, Illinois facility, in violation of the Rules.


            Election Supervisor representative Chris Mrak investigated this protest.


            Under an agreement signed January 25, 2016, UPS acknowledges the right under the Rules of members and candidates to campaign on employer parking lots where members park their vehicles, further acknowledging that Balkis is a member and candidate for delegate and International office.  Based on the membership status and candidacy of Balkis, UPS has agreed to permit him to campaign in the parking lots of its facilities, including at a specified location at Harvey, Illinois, and further has provided him with a letter to be produced to any UPS representative who challenges his right to campaign in such areas.


            Based on this agreement, we deem these protests RESOLVED.


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 95 



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

Joe Balkis


Craig Holmes
Labor & Employment Counsel
United Parcel Service
55 Glenlake Parkway, NE
Atlanta, GA  30328


Teamsters Local Union 705

1645 West Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60612


Chris Mrak


Bill Broberg

1108 Fincastle Rd

Lexington, KY 40502


Jeffrey Ellison

214 S. Main Street, Suite 212

Ann Arbor, MI 48104