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Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Eligibility of Schultz, 2017 ED 380

OFFICE OF THE ELECTION SUPERVISOR

for the

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS

 

IN RE: ELIGIBILITY OF                           )           Protest Decision 2017 ESD 380

            KIMBERLY SCHULTZ,                 )           Issued: February 15, 2017

                                                                        )           OES Case No. E-417-111816-SO           

            Local Union 2011.                             )

____________________________________)                      

 

Hoffa-Hall 2016 filed a pre-election protest pursuant to Article XIII, Section 2(b) of the Rules for the 2015-2016 IBT International Union Delegate and Officer Election (“Rules”).  The protest alleged that Kimberly Schultz is ineligible to assume elected office as IBT vice president – South region.

 

            Election Supervisor representative Jeffrey Ellison investigated this protest.

 

            Nearly contemporaneously with the counting of ballots in the International officers election, Local Union 2011, of which Schultz was the principal officer, was participating in a representational election administered by the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission concerning the representation of certain employees of the Florida Department of Corrections.  The other labor organization on the ballot in that election, the Florida Police Benevolent Association, Inc., prevailed. 

 

In response to the result in that representation election, Hoffa-Hall 2016 filed a protest challenging all ballots cast by members of Local Union 2011 in the International officers election, asserting that those voters were ineligible to vote because Local Union 2011 lost the PERC representation election.  We denied that protest in Hoffa-Hall 2016, 2016 ESD 332 (November 18, 2016), holding that the members of that local union casting votes in the International officers election were eligible to do so because they satisfied the eligibility criteria established by the Rules and the IBT constitution.

 

The IBT’s General Executive Board in January 2017 revoked the charter of Local Union 2011.  This action was protested by Teamsters United and Schultz in Case No. P-422-012617-NA.[1]  The IBT, by counsel, denied that the revocation of charter was retaliatory against Schultz, stating the following of pertinence here:

 

Nothing prevents Ms. Schultz from assuming office, provided the result of the 2016 election of International Union officers is certified and Ms. Schultz transfers her membership to another Local Union.  Upon installation, Ms. Schultz will, so long as she remains an officer of the IBT, be “working at the craft” for purpose of maintaining her membership, and entitled to hold membership in any Local Union in the Southern Region.  Thus, the revocation of the charter will have no effect on her status as an elected Southern Region Vice President.

 

On February 13, 2017, our representative solicited the withdrawal of the instant protest to Schultz’s eligibility to hold office.  By email the same date, the protestor requested to withdraw the protest.

 

Finding that withdrawal serves the purposes of the Rules, we deem this protest WITHDRAWN.

 

Any interested party not satisfied with this determination may request a hearing before the Election Appeals Master within two (2) working days of receipt of this decision.  The parties are reminded that, absent extraordinary circumstances, no party may rely upon evidence that was not presented to the Office of the Election Supervisor in any such appeal.  Requests for a hearing shall be made in writing, shall specify the basis for the appeal, and shall be served upon:

 

Kathleen A. Roberts

Election Appeals Master

JAMS

620 Eighth Avenue, 34th floor

New York, NY 10018

kroberts@jamsadr.com

 

Copies of the request for hearing must be served upon the parties, as well as upon the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, c/o Jeffrey Ellison, 214 S. Main Street, Suite 212, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, all within the time prescribed above.  A copy of the protest must accompany the request for hearing.

 

                                                                        Richard W. Mark

                                                                        Election Supervisor

cc:       Kathleen A. Roberts

            2017 ESD 380

DISTRIBUTION LIST (BY EMAIL UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED):

 


Bradley T. Raymond, General Counsel

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

25 Louisiana Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001

braymond@teamster.org

 

David J. Hoffa

1701 K Street NW, Ste 350

Washington DC 20036

hoffadav@hotmail.com

 

Ken Paff

Teamsters for a Democratic Union

P.O. Box 10128

Detroit, MI 48210-0128

ken@tdu.org

 

Barbara Harvey

1394 E. Jefferson Avenue

Detroit, MI 48207

blmharvey@sbcglobal.net

 

Teamsters United

315 Flatbush Avenue, #501

Brooklyn, NY 11217

info@teamstersunited.org

 

Louie Nikolaidis

350 West 31st Street, Suite 40

New York, NY 10001

lnikolaidis@lcnlaw.com

 

Julian Gonzalez

350 West 31st Street, Suite 40

New York, NY 10001

jgonzalez@lcnlaw.com

 

David O’Brien Suetholz

515 Park Avenue

Louisville, KY 45202

dave@unionsidelawyers.com

 

Fred Zuckerman

P.O. Box 9493

Louisville, KY 40209

fredzuckerman@aol.com

 


Kimberly Schultz

schultzlegal@gmail.com

 

Teamsters Local Union 2011

admin@local2011.com

 

Dolores Hall

Hall1000@cox.net

 

Jeffrey Ellison

214 S. Main Street, Suite 212

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

EllisonEsq@aol.com



[1] We issued a decision on this protest in Schultz & Teamsters United, 2017 ESD 382 (February 15, 2017).