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Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters


December 14, 1998




Raul Lopez, Sec.-Treas.

Teamsters Local Union 396

880 Oak Park Road

Suite 200

Covina, CA 91724


Raul Rodriguez, Jr.

13882 Stagecoach Circle

Victorville, CA 92392


Mauricio Terrazas

3800 Bradford Street, #233

La Verne, CA 91750


Metz Slate

c/o Jim Smith

2833 Cottman Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19149


George O. Suggs, Esq.

Wilburn & Suggs

1015 Locust

Suite 818

St. Louis, MO 63101

Tom Leedham Campaign Office

P.O. Box 15877

Washington, DC 20003


Arthur Z. Schwartz, Esq.

Kennedy, Schwartz & Cure

113 University Place

New York, NY 10003


Louis Pacheco, Route Supervisor

BFI Sun Valley

9200 Glenoaks Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352




Re:  Election Office Case No. PR-424-LU396-EOH




Raul Lopez, a member of Local Union 396, 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 Raul Rodriquez, Jr., a member of Local Union 630 and Mauricio Terrazas, a retiree of Local Union 63.  The protester alleges that on November 10, 1998, Messrs. Rodriguez and Terrazas improperly attempted to post Leedham campaign literature inside the locked official union bulletin boards at BFI Sun Valley by impersonating as government officials.  The protester claims that Messrs. Rodriguez and Terrazas demanded the key to the union bulletin boards from Luis Pacheco, a supervisor at BFI Sun Valley.  The

Raul Lopez

December 14, 1998

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protester also alleges that Mr. Rodriguez produced false identification as a government agent and told Mr. Pacheco that he had access to the union bulletin boards.  The protester notes that Local Union 396, and not Local Union 630, represents IBT members and controls the union bulletin boards at BFI Sun Valley.


Mr. Lopez 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  The Election Officer, finding that the withdrawal effectuates the purpose of the Rules, permits the protest to be WITHDRAWN.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 (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