Tuesday, September 15, 1998
NEW YORK (AP) --
A judge has delayed a scheduled Teamsters election by almost two
months after a dispute about how to pay for the election.
Ballots for the presidency election will
be mailed out Nov. 2 and returned by Dec. 3 under the schedule
ordered Monday by U.S. District Court Judge David Edelstein. Edelstein
supervises the International Brotherhood of Teamsters under a
1989 consent decree.
An original plan to mail ballots Monday was
scrapped after Congressional Republicans got into a fight with
the union over the estimated $8 million election tab.
Neither side wanted to pay for the contest,
but by July GOP leaders agreed to let the Justice Department spend
about $4 million and the Teamsters have since offered to pay $2
The rerun election was ordered after incumbent
Teamsters President Ron Carey's 1996 re-election over James P.
Hoffa was overturned and he was barred from running again.The
principal candidates for president now are Hoffa, son of labor
legend Jimmy Hoffa, and Tom Leedham, who has the backing of the
union's reform wing.
The union has 1.4 million members.
Copyright 1998 The Associated Press