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Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters













October 17, 1996




Clifford T. Chentnik

October 17, 1996

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Clifford T. Chentnik

N3066 Apricot Road

Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Scott Duffy, Terminal Manager

Roadway Express

2630 Mason Avenue

Rockford, IL 61109

Richard Bennett

Roadway Services, Inc.

1077 George Boulevard

Akron, OH 44309


Barbara Leukart

Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue

901 Lakeside Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44114

Clifford T. Chentnik

October 17, 1996

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Re:  Election Office Case No. P-962-REX-CHI




Clifford T. Chentnik, a member of Local Union 325 filed a pre-election protest pursuant to Article XIV, Section 2(b) of the Rules for the 1995-1996 IBT International Union Delegate and Officer Election (Rules) against Scott Duffy, the terminal manager at the Roadway Express (Roadway) facility in Rockford, Illinois.  Mr. Chentnik alleges that on September 9, 1996, Mr. Duffy removed anti-Hoffa campaign material from a union bulletin board at the facility, in violation of Article VIII, Section 11(d) of the Rules.


Roadway denies that Mr. Duffy removed any campaign literature.  Roadway states that it is company policy not to allow campaign materials on company bulletin boards but that it does not police the postings on union bulletin boards.  Mr. Duffy denies that he removed any campaign literature.  He states, however, that he has removed literature from the union bulletin board that is profane or inappropriate.


The protest was investigated by Regional Coordinator Julie E. Hamos. 


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The protester was the only witness to the incident protested.  He states that at about 1:25 p.m. on September 9, he was filling his truck with oil while facing the building.  From where he was standing, he had an unobstructed view of the union bulletin board through the window in the building doorway.  He observed Mr. Duffy inspecting the bulletin board about 50 feet from where the protester was standing.  On the bulletin board, there was a piece of campaign literature about Mr. Carey and Mr. Hoffa.  The protester states that he observed Mr. Duffy remove the Carey literature and leave the Hoffa literature on the bulletin board.


As previously stated, Mr. Duffy denies removing any campaign literature.  Mr. Duffy admits that he does not have a precise recollection of events on September 9.  Mr. Duffy states that he has removed literature from the union bulletin board which contains profanity or is inappropriate, but states that he does not remove campaign literature. 


Mr. Duffy and the protester both state that campaign literature has been posted and has remained posted on the union bulletin board since the alleged incident on September 9.  The local union corroborates this information.


Article VIII, Section 11(d) of the Rules states that [n]o restrictions shall be placed upon candidates or members preexisting rights to use employer or Union bulletin boards for campaign publicity.  Here, Roadway admits that it permits campaign literature to be posted on the union bulletin board and therefore there is no dispute as to the preexisting right.


In the circumstances presented here, where the protester admits that campaign materials have been posted without interference by Roadway management both before and after this single alleged incident, the Election Officer finds there is no violation of the Rules.


Accordingly, 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


Clifford T. Chentnik

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Copies of the request for hearing must be served on the parties listed above as well as upon the Election Officer, 400 N. Capitol Street, Suite 855, Washington, DC 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

Julie E. Hamos, Regional Coordinator