New Teamsters election ordered for president
Possible irregularities probed
August 22, 1997
Web posted at: 10:43 a.m. EDT (1443 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A federal election commission overturned the re-election of Ron Carey to the presidency of the Teamsters union while it probed allegations of improper campaign contributions. In its action Friday, the panel ordered a new election by mid-December.
The ruling by Barbara Zack Quindel, a court-appointed federal
election overseer, came just four days after the Teamsters
declared victory in a strike against United Parcel Service.
The effect of the decision is to force a new election between
Carey and his opponent, James P. Hoffa. Quindel declined to certify the election results while she probed allegations
that Carey's campaign illegally accepted contributions from
the union treasury and employees.
Federal labor law prohibits candidates from accepting such
There was no evidence that Carey was aware of the alleged
irregularities, the federal government said. A new election
is to be held in the next 112 days.
Correspondent Mark Feldstein contributed to this report.