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Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

              November 26, 1996





James P. Hoffa

November 26, 1996

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James P. Hoffa

2593 Hounds Chase

Troy, MI  48098


Ron Carey Campaign

c/o Nathaniel K. Charny

Cohen, Weiss & Simon

330 W. 42nd Street

New York, NY  10036

Bradley T. Raymond

Finkel, Whitefield, Selik, Raymond,

  Ferrara & Feldman

32300 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200

Farmington Hills, MI  48334

James P. Hoffa

November 26, 1996

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Re:  Election Office Case No. P-1275-LU500-NYC




A pre-election protest was filed pursuant to Article XIV, Section 2(b) of the Rules

for the 1995-1996 IBT International Union Delegate and Officer Election (Rules) by James P. Hoffa, a member of Local Union 614 and a candidate for general president. 

Mr. Hoffa alleges that Ed Kaiser and Bill OFarrell, members of Local Union 500 and supporters of Mr. Hoffas candidacy, received vile and threatening phone calls at their homes.  Mr. Hoffa contends that these calls were made to retaliate against Messrs. Kaiser

and OFarrell because of their support for his candidacy, in violation of the Rules.


Local Union 500 responds that it has investigated these allegations and has not been able to discover who made such calls.  The local union also states that Mr. Kaiser just ran for reelection to local union office, supported by Mr. OFarrell, and the contest was contentious.


New York City Protest Coordinator Barbara C. Deinhardt investigated the protest.


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November 26, 1996

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The investigation revealed that the anonymous calls, which are both threatening and obscene, began on or around November 16, 1996 and apparently ceased on November 21.  These calls, while explicit and disturbing, make no mention of the union, the election or any candidate or slate.  The calls have been reported to the police, who have been unable to locate the source.


Messrs. Kaiser and OFarrell state that they believe John P. Morris, president of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters and a candidate for vice president of the Eastern Region on the Ron Carey No Corruption-No Dues Increase Slate (Carey slate), is involved with the making of these calls because the only thing they have in common is that both have been principal officer of Local Union 500 and both have had ongoing difficulties with

Mr. Morris.  They provided no evidence to support the assertion that Mr. Morris is somehow involved, nor did the investigation produce any evidence to support the contention.  As a result, without some indication of the origin of the calls, or evidence that they are politically-motivated, there is insufficient evidence to determine a 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


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, 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

Barbara C. Deinhardt, New York City Protest Coordinator