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Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters


              August 31, 1998




David L. Dethrow

2843 Radnor Street

St. Charles, MO  63301


Mike Spaulding

Human Relations Manager

Cupples Company Manufactures

9430 Page Avenue

St. Louis, MO  63132


Re:  Election Office Protest No. PR-223-LU688-NCE




David Dethrow, a member of Local Union 688, 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 Cupples Rubber Company (“Cupples”) in St. Louis, Missouri.  The protester alleged that on August 12, 1998, Cupples refused to permit him and another member to campaign for Tom Leedham, a candidate for general president, in the parking lot of its facility.


Cupples agreed that it refused to permit the protester to campaign.  It has now agreed to permit campaigning in its parking lot for the duration of the rerun election period.  The protester has been so advised.  Mr. Dethrow now advises the Election Office that he wishes to withdraw his protest.  The Election Officer, finding that the withdrawal effectuates the purpose of the Rules, permits the protest to be WITHDRAWN.


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:


David L. Dethrow

August 31, 1998

Page 1


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, 444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 445, Washington, DC  20001, Facsimile

(202) 624-3525.  A copy of the protest must accompany the request for a hearing.






Michael G. Cherkasky

Election Officer




cc:              Kenneth Conboy, Election Appeals Master

Judith E. Kuhn, Regional Coordinator