Election Supervisor's Fourth Report to BLET Members

Delegate Nominations Complete -- All BLET General Committees of Adjustment have completed nominating delegate and alternate delegate candidates for the 27th IBT International Convention.

Election and Certification of Delegates -- GCAs that have contested delegate elections will conduct voting by mail ballot in March and April 2006. To find out about the nomination meeting results and whether there is a contested election in your GCA go to www.ibtvote.org and follow the links. The information on these pages is updated regularly.

As delegate election results are certified, the name and GCA affiliation of each elected delegate will be posted to the list of Certified Convention delegates and alternate delegates. Each certified delegate and alternate will receive a confirming letter from the Election Supervisor.

Any member may contact a delegate or alternate delegate to the IBT Convention. A member needing contact information for a delegate may ask the delegate's GCA, or may obtain that information from the Election Supervisor's office.

Voter Participation -- If you believe that you are eligible to vote and have not received a mail ballot packet within fourteen days of the date that ballots must be received at the return post office address for counting, contact your GCA and ask to have a ballot mailed to you. To be eligible to vote, you must have your dues paid up through the month before the month of the election. For your ballot to be counted, you must be eligible to vote and your ballot must be received at the post office box for voted ballots on or before the date of the election.

Campaign Rights -- Delegate candidates are campaigning now, and will continue through at least April 30, 2006 when the election period ends. All union members have the right to campaign actively for delegate and alternate delegate candidates and candidates for IBT international office, without fear of reprisal or retaliation. Basically, the Rules protect the rights of candidates and their supporters to distribute information, and the rights of members to receive campaign information. The Rules provide candidates with the right to distribute campaign material using the GCA's mailing list (at the candidate's expense), to display literature on tables or bulletin boards at local division meeting halls, to get information about collective bargaining agreements and worksite locations, and to campaign in employer parking lots. Violation of candidate or member rights protected by the 2006 Rules can be protested, and may subject the violator to sanctions. Read Article VII of the 2006 Rules for a complete description of the political and campaigning rights of members and candidates.

Protest and Appeal Procedures -- If you believe that any of the campaigning and political rights guaranteed by the 2006 Rules or the procedures for conducting delegate elections have been violated, or if you have been retaliated against for exercising political rights related to the election of IBT convention delegates, you can file a protest with the Election Supervisor. Protests must be in writing, and must be filed within two (2) working days of when you become aware that a violation has occurred. You can file a protest via regular mail, fax or email. Protest decisions of the Election Supervisor and the Election Appeals Master from the current IBT international officer election, and from the 2000-2001 IBT international officer election are available and searchable at www.ibtvote.org. For additional information on the protest and appeal procedures, please read Article XIII of the 2006 Rules.

Do You Want Your Own Copy of the 2006 Rules? -- Contact the Election Supervisor's Office in Washington, D.C. and request your copy of the 2006 Rules. Rules booklets are available in English, Spanish and French. Call toll-free 888-IBT-2006 (888-429-2006) or send your request by email to ElectionSupervisor@IBTvote.Org.

Richard W. Mark
Election Supervisor
Office of the Election Supervisor
for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
1725 K Street, N. W.
Washington, DC 20006
888-IBT-2006 (Toll Free)
202-429-0030 (Facsimile)



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