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Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

January 8, 1999




James P. Hoffa

January 8, 1999

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James P. Hoffa

2593 Hounds Chase

Troy, MI 48098


Hoffa Slate

c/o Patrick J. Szymanski, Esq.

Baptiste & Wilder

1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036


Ken Paff

Teamsters for a Democratic Union

7435 Michigan Avenue

Detroit, MI 48210


Tom Leedham Slate

c/o Tom Leedham Campaign Office

P.O. Box 15877

Washington, DC 20003


Billie Davenport, President

Teamsters Local Union 2000

2850 Metro Drive, Suite 225

Bloomington, MN 55425


Bradley T. Raymond, Esq.

Finkel, Whitefield, Selik,

  Raymond, Ferrara & Feldman

32300 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Paul Alan Levy, Esq.

Public Citizen Litigation Group

1600 20th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009


Arthur Z. Schwartz, Esq.

Kennedy, Schwartz & Cure

113 University Place

New York, NY 10003


Tom Sever, Acting General


International Brotherhood of Teamsters

25 Louisiana Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001


David L. Neigus

Acting General Counsel

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

25 Louisiana Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001


Diana Kilmury

2612 E. 47th Avenue

Vancouver, BC   V5S 1C1


James P. Hoffa

January 8, 1999

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James P. Hoffa

January 8, 1999

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Re: Election Office Case No. PR-399-LU299-NCE




James P. Hoffa, a member of Local Union 299 and a candidate for general president, and the Hoffa Unity Slate (“Hoffa Slate”),  filed a protest against Teamsters for a Democratic Union (“TDU”), the Tom Leedham “Rank and File Power” Slate (“Leedham Slate”), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (“IBT”), and Local Union 2000 alleging that the agenda and events of TDU annual convention were  “overwhelmingly partisan” in support of the Leedham Slate, including campaign workshops and speeches by members of the Leedham slate.  The protestors further contend that Local Union 2000 improperly used union funds to send members to the TDU convention and did so based on their perceived political affiliations with the Leedham slate. Finally, the protestors allege unspecified violations by “possibly other IBT organizations, including the IBT itself.” 


The protestors now advise the Election Office that they wish to withdraw the 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:


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