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IN RE: GRANT COLEMAN,                    )           Protest Decision 2016 ESD 298

                                                                        )           Issued: October 4, 2016

            Protestor.                                           )           OES Case No. P-350-081916-CA     


Grant Coleman, member and business representative of Local Union 31 in Vancouver, BC, 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 UPS violated the Rules by prohibiting the posting of campaign material on union bulletin boards at UPS facilities.

            Election Supervisor representative Jack Sullens investigated this protest.

Findings of Fact and Analysis

On August 18, 2016, protestor Coleman emailed Dina Macera, UPS labour relations official, to inquire as to UPS’s “stance on posting election material on our union boards as we’ve had issues in the past.”  The company replied that “[o]ur position has been and will continue to be that campaign material that is generic that indicates an election is in process, the dates, how to vote are fine. However, any candidate specific material will be removed.”

Coleman filed this protest, asserting that UPS’s position violated Article VII, Section 12(d) of the Rules, which declares that “[n]o restrictions shall be placed upon candidates’ or members’ preexisting rights to use employer or Union bulletin boards for campaign publicity. Similarly, no restrictions shall be placed upon candidates’ or members’ preexisting rights to solicit support, distribute leaflets or literature, conduct campaign rallies, hold fund-raising events, or engage in similar activities on employer or Union premises. Such facilities and opportunities shall be made available to all candidates and members on a non-discriminatory basis.”

Investigation showed that campaign literature has never been permitted on union bulletin boards in UPS facilities in Canada.  Further, the union proposed during the most recent contract negotiations that posting of such material on union bulletin boards be permitted, but the company rejected the proposal and the union subsequently withdrew it.  On these facts, we find no “preexisting right” to use the union worksite bulletin boards at UPS facilities in Canada for campaign publicity.

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 298


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

Grant Coleman


Dina Macera

UPS Canada

1930 Derry Rd. East

Mississauga, ON L5S 1E2



Teamsters Local Union 31

1 Grosvenor Square

Delta, BC V3M 5S1



Jack Sullens

462 Sandpoint Ct

Windsor ON N8P 1S3


Jeffrey Ellison

214 S. Main Street, Suite 212

Ann Arbor, MI 48104