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Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters













October 24, 1995




Bob Hasegawa

October 24, 1995

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Bob Hasegawa, Secretary-Treasurer

Teamsters Local 174

553 John Street

Seattle, WA 98109


The Labor Times

228 West Fourth

Kansas City, MO 64105


Teamsters Joint Council 56

4501 Van Brunt Boulevard

Kansas City, MO 64130


Teamsters Local Union 41

4501 Van Brunt Boulevard

Kansas City, MO 64130


James P. Hoffa

2593 Hounds Chase

Troy, MI 48098


Ron Carey, General President

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

25 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001


Susan Davis

Cohen, Weiss & Simon

330 W. 42nd Street

New York, NY 10036


Paul Alan Levy

Public Citizen Litigation Group

1600 20th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20009




Bob Hasegawa

October 24, 1995

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Re:  Election Office Case No. P-161-LU41-MOI




A pre-election protest was filed pursuant to Article XIV, Section 2 of the Rules for the 1995-1996 IBT International Union Delegate and Officer Election (Rules) by

Bob Hasegawa, secretary-treasurer of Local Union 174, who protests the use of employer and/or union funds to promote the candidacy of James P. Hoffa through the distribution and publication of the September 1995 issue of The Labor Times, a Kansas City, Missouri labor newspaper, which includes an article covering the Hoffa campaign.


The protest was investigated by Election Office Staff Attorney Tara Levy.


Bob Hasegawa

October 24, 1995

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I.              Distribution of The Labor Times


The use of union-financed publications to advance or impede the candidacy of an IBT member for International office or convention delegate is barred by Article VIII, Section 8(a), which provides, No publication or communication financed, directly or indirectly, by a Union may be used to support or attack any candidate or the candidacy of any person . . .  In Sauwoir, P-041-LU41-EOH, et seq. (August 16, 1995) the Election Officer held that this provision, because it specifically prohibits indirect support, applies to a local unions purchase of multiple copies of a periodical for distribution to the membership.


The Election Officer further held in Sauwoir that to the extent a local union distributes a publication which supports or attacks a candidate or candidacy to its members, Article VIII, Section 5(a)(4), prohibiting a local union from discriminating against a candidate with respect to literature distribution, is implicated.


Phil Young, Local Union 41 President and a candidate for International office, has provided the Election Officer with an invoice to his campaign from the publisher of The Labor Times for mailing the September 1995 issue to all local unions.  While distribution of campaign material by an employer or a union may implicate the Rules, the distribution of The Labor Times was paid for by Mr. Youngs campaign does not violate the Rules.


II.              The Labor Times as a Union-Financed Publication


Mr. Hasegawa also alleges that Joint Council 56 shares responsibility for th[e] publication because Joint Council 56 is listed on the papers editorial page as an endorser of the paper.[1] 


The Election Officer determined in Sauwoir, supra that The Labor Times is independently published by All American Publishers and reports on matters of interest to labor unions in the Kansas City area. The protester has produced no evidence that The Labor Times is financed by Joint Council 56.  The Rules regulating union-financed publications do not apply to The Labor Times.


III.              The Labor Times as a Campaign Contribution


Bob Hasegawa

October 24, 1995

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              The Rules define campaign contribution to include any direct or indirect contribution where the purpose, object or foreseeable effect of that contribution is to influence, positively or negatively, the election of a candidate . . .


While recognizing that the definition of the term campaign contribution in the Rules  is intended to be broad to further the purpose of the Consent Order and the Election Rules, the Election Officer in Scott, Case No. P-969-IBT (October 18, 1991), refused to construe the term to include newspaper or magazine articles published by entities which are not owned or whose editorial policies are not controlled by candidates or committees acting on behalf of candidates.


The protester here has supplied no evidence that The Labor Times is owned, or its editorial policy is controlled by Mr. Hoffa, his campaign, or any member of his slate.  Nor does the protester supply any evidence that the editorial policy is controlled by Joint

Council 56, notwithstanding its endorsement.  In these circumstances, the protested article in The Labor Times is not considered a campaign contribution subject to the Rules


Based on the foregoing, the protest is DENIED.


Any interested party not satisfied with this determination may request a hearing before the Election Appeals Master within one day of receipt of this letter.  The parties are reminded that, absent extraordinary circumstances, no party may rely upon evidence that was not presented to the Office of the Election Officer in any such appeal.  Requests for a hearing shall be made in writing and shall be served on:


Kenneth Conboy, Esq.

Latham & Watkins

885 Third Avenue, Suite 1000

New York, NY 10022

Fax (212) 751-4864


Copies of the request for hearing must be served on the parties listed above as well as upon the Election Officer, 400 North Capitol Street, Suite 855, Washington, D.C. 20001, Facsimile (202) 624-3525.  A copy of the protest must accompany the request for a hearing.






Barbara Zack Quindel

Election Officer


cc:              Kenneth Conboy, Election Appeals Master

Christine M. Mrak, Regional Coordinator



[1]The protester claims that the Election Officers decision in Sauwoir, supra,implies that the Labor Times is the union publication of Teamsters Local 41.


This assertion is incorrect.  The Election Officer found there that two Labor Times issues published in 1994 contained Local 41 News, a bimonthly publication of Local Union 41.  However, the Labor Times issue protested here does not contain Local 41 News.