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IN RE: HOFFA-HALL 2016,                      )           Protest Decision 2017 ESD 371

                                                                        )           Issued: January 17, 2017

            Protestor.                                           )           OES Case No. P-273-042916-NA     



Hoffa-Hall 2016 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 Teamsters United received impermissible employer and union contributions in the form of partisan stickers posted on employer property and inside a union bulletin board at a UPS facility in Columbus OH.


            Election Supervisor representative Jeffrey Ellison investigated this protest.


Findings of Fact and Analysis


The protest, filed April 29, 2016, included two photos of “fred” pole stickers, the first said to be affixed to the side of a locker inside a UPS hub in Columbus OH, the second behind the glass cover of a bulletin board said to be an official union board at the same facility.  The protest did not provide the address of the facility or the number of the local union with jurisdiction over it.


Investigation showed that the facility that is the subject of the protest is located on Trabue Road in Columbus and is under the jurisdiction of Local Union 413.  Tony Jones is president of that local union.  He was also the local union’s lead delegate to the IBT convention, elected to that position when no candidates were nominated to oppose his slate at the November 1, 2015 nominations meeting.  Jones also was nominated as a candidate for IBT vice president – Central region on the Teamsters United slate and was elected to that position.


Under OES procedure, local unions that are the subject of a protest are served with the protest.  Such was not done in this case because the protest did not identify the local union involved.  Jones told our representative that he was notified of the protest indirectly at the time it was filed.  He took immediate action and was able to confirm that the stickers were placed at the locations alleged in the protest.  They were removed promptly upon discovery.


Jones was unable to determine who had posted the stickers in either location.  With respect to the union bulletin board, he confirmed that the board is kept locked, but the key to the board is maintained in a nearby unlocked locker that also contains grievance forms.


In other cases during this election cycle, we have held the posting of campaign material on employer or union property to be an improper endorsement of a candidate by the employer or the union.  Hoffa-Hall 2016, 2016 ESD 64 (January 8, 2016).  However, we have also held the prompt removal of the improper endorsement has often been sufficient remedy for the protest. Id. See also, Halstead, 2006 ESD 386 (October 26, 2006); Wright, 2006 ESD 361 (October 2, 2006); Leedham Slate, 2006 ESD 301 (July 5, 2006); Halstead, 2005 ESD 31 (June 6, 2005); Domeny, 2001 EAD 499 (October 5, 2001); Speak, 2001 EAD 239 (March 14, 2001). 


Here, the prompt removal of the “fred” pole stickers from the locker and union bulletin board at UPS-Columbus resolved this matter with no further remedy required.


Accordingly, we deem this protest 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

            2017 ESD 371



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


Tony Jones, President

Teamsters Local Union 413


Dan Walsh

950 Duxbury Court

Cincinnati, OH 45255


John Pegula

1434 Greendale Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15239


Jeffrey Ellison

214 S. Main Street, Suite 212

Ann Arbor, MI 48104