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Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

November 24, 1998




Kirk Stephenson

November 24, 1998

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Kirk Stephenson

332 N. 102nd

Seattle, WA 98133


Jon L. Rabine, Sec.-Treas.

Teamsters Local Union 763

553 John Street

Seattle, WA 98109


Hoffa Slate

c/o Patrick J. Szymanski, Esq.

Baptiste & Wilder

1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036

Bradley T. Raymond, Esq.

Finkel, Whitefield, Selik,

  Raymond, Ferrara & Feldman

32300 Northwestern Highway

Suite 200

Farmington Hills, MI 48334


James P. Hoffa

2593 Hounds Chase

Troy, MI 48098

Kirk Stephenson

November 24, 1998

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Re: Election Office Case No. PR-368-LU763-EOH




Kirk Stephenson, a member of Local Union 763, 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 Jon Rabine, secretary-treasurer of Local Union 763 and a candidate for Western Regional vice-president on the Hoffa Unity Slate (“Hoffa Slate”).  The protester alleges that Mr. Rabine held a shop stewards seminar at the expense of Local Union 763 as a pretext for campaign activity in support of his candidacy, in violation of the Rules.  Mr. Rabine denies the allegation.  He admits that some campaign activity in support of his candidacy took place on the day in question, but notes the campaign activity was strictly segregated from the stewards’ seminar, that the activity occurred after the seminar had adjourned and that the costs of the campaign activity were not paid for by Local Union 763.


The protest was investigated by Election Office Staff Attorney Peter F. Gimbrère.


Kirk Stephenson

November 24, 1998

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On October 31, 1998, Local Union 763 held a shop stewards seminar at the Executive Inn, located directly across the street from Local Union 763 in Seattle, Washington. The program ran from 8:30 a.m. until a little after noon, followed by lunch until a little after 1:00 p.m.  The program included presentations by Secretary-Treasurer Jon Rabine, an FMCS Commissioner, the  Public Employment Relations Commission Executive Director, a lawyer, a pension fund Account Executive and the Joint Council Research Director. There is no allegation nor evidence that there was any campaigning during the seminar.


After the lunch, Mr. Rabine announced that the shop steward seminar was adjourned and then advised everyone that he had personally rented the room across the hall where the seminar had been held for the specific purpose of discussing the International Officer Rerun Election and his candidacy. He invited anyone who was interested to attend. After a group of about 30 reassembled across the hall, he made a campaign presentation for about half an hour.


I.              Allegations that the stewards seminar was organized to promote the candidacy of Mr. Rabine


The protester alleged that the seminar was orchestrated and conducted to promote the candidacy of Mr. Rabine.  The investigation disclosed that the local union signed contracts for the room rentals and catering in mid-September 1998 and sent out invitations to the seminar in late September. The timing of the meeting was similar to shop steward seminars held in prior years. (In 1996, the seminar was held on September 7; in 1997, the fall seminar was held on November 1; and in 1998, the seminar was held on October 31).  The location had been the same for all the seminars.  As in the past, current stewards and some past stewards were invited to attend; those local committee members who expressed an interest were permitted to attend and local union officers, staff and business agents were required to attend.  Ninety-nine people attended this year, compared to 92 in 1997 and 95 in 1996.  The substance concerned matters of legitimate union interest.  Thus, it appears that this year’s seminar was not significantly different from past seminars in timing, location, attendance or program.


Pursuant to the Rules, the protester has the burden to present evidence that a violation has occurred.  Rules, Article XIV, Section 1.  The protester presented  no evidence supporting the allegation that the Conference was orchestrated to promote Mr. Rabine’s candidacy.


II.              Allegations related to the Rabine campaign function


Kirk Stephenson

November 24, 1998

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The protester alleged that Mr. Rabine’s use of a room that was also used by the Local Union’s steward seminar violates the Rules.              The local union had not rented the room for the time it was used by Mr. Rabine.  Indeed, the seminar had been adjourned by the time Mr. Rabine began his campaign activity.  The contracts from the hotel show that the room had been rented by Mr. Rabine from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Mr. Rabine rented the room at commercial rates and he submitted to the Election Officer a copy of his check to the hotel for $108.40 in payment for the room.  Mr. Rabine, therefore, did not violate the Rules by holding a campaign event in that room when it was not being used by the Local.  See Hoffa, PR-124-IBT-EOH (September 10, 1998), aff’d, 98 - Elec. App.- 386 (KC) (October 5, 1998).


Accordingly, the protest is DENIED.


Any interested party not satisfied with this determination may request a hearing before the Election Appeals Master within one (1) 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, 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