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IN RE: FRANK VILLA,                             )           Protest Decision 2016 ESD 264

                                                                        )           Issued: June 30, 2016

            Protestor.                                           )           OES Case Nos. P-303-062016-FW   



            Frank Villa, member and elected delegate from Local Union 630, filed a pre-election protest pursuant to Article XIII, Section 2(a) of the Rules for the 2015-2016 IBT International Union Delegate and Officer Election (“Rules”).  The protest alleged that Local Union 630 failed or refused to pay travel expenses required by our Advisory Regarding Payment of Expenses for Convention Delegates.


            Election Supervisor representative Deborah Schaaf investigated this protest. 


Findings of Fact and Analysis


            Local Union 630 is located in Los Angeles, CA, approximately 270 miles from the convention site in Las Vegas, NV.  For delegates who opted to drive rather than fly to the convention, the local union instructed them to turn in gas receipts for reimbursement.  The protest alleged that this arrangement did not comply with the Advisory.


            The Advisory directs local unions to pay $0.54 per mile for private vehicle ground transportation to and from the convention.  However, it also cautions that “[n]o delegate or alternate may be reimbursed in an amount that exceeds what the Local Union would have paid had transportation been arranged by the Local Union.”


            Local Union 630 documented that costs of transportation arrangements it made for delegates and alternate delegates flying to the convention came to approximately $220, including round-trip airfare and round-trip ground transportation to the airport in Los Angeles and from the airport in Las Vegas.  The local union agreed to pay this sum to Villa and to any other delegate or alternate delegate who drove their personal vehicles to the convention.


            We conclude this arrangement complied with the Advisory.  Protestor Villa accepted this result.  Accordingly, we deem this protest RESOLVED on this basis.


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 264



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 401

New York, NY 10001


Julian Gonzalez

350 West 31st Street, Suite 401

New York, NY 10001


David O’Brien Suetholz

515 Park Avenue

Louisville, KY 45202


Fred Zuckerman

P.O. Box 9493

Louisville, KY 40209


Frank Villa


Teamsters Local Union 630

750 S. Stanford Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90021


Joe Kaplon

Wohlner Kaplon Cutler Halford & Rosenfeld

16501 Ventura Blvd., Suite 304

Encino, CA  91436


Deborah Schaaf

1521 Grizzly Gulch Dr.

Helena, MT 59601


Jeffrey Ellison

214 S. Main Street, Suite 212

Ann Arbor, MI 48104