Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Labor-Management Standards
Division of Enforcement
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 693-0143 Fax: (202) 693-1343
June 8, 2011


This Statement of Reasons is in response to your complaints filed on January 28, and
February 9, 2011 alleging that a violation of Title IV of the Labor-Management
Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 481-484, occurred in
connection with the election of officers by acclamation by the Graphic Communications
Conference, IBT, District Council No. 4 (District Council 4), AFL-CIO, in October 2010.

The Department of Labor conducted an investigation of your allegation. As a result of
the investigation, the Department has concluded, with respect to your allegation that
there was no violation of the LMRDA.

You challenged the requirement in the District Council’s constitution that limits
eligibility to run for District Council office to accredited local delegates to or officers of
the District Council. Section 401(e) of the LMRDA provides that “[i]n any election
required by this section which is to be held by secret ballot . . . every member in good
standing shall be eligible to be a candidate and to hold office subject to reasonable
qualifications uniformly imposed. . . .”

The investigation established that you were a member in good standing. The
investigation further found that, while District Council 4 has a rule limiting nomination
for officer positions to accredited local delegates and officers, you were permitted to run
for nomination, even though you did not satisfy that rule. However, you were not
selected as a nominee for the offices of Vice President or Recording Secretary. Because
you were not prevented from running for nomination, it is not necessary for the
Department to determine whether the District Council’s rule limiting nominations

would be a reasonable restriction under Section 401(e), if it were applied. There was no
violation of the LMRDA.

For the reasons set forth above, the Department has concluded that there was no
violation of Title IV of the LMRDA. I have closed the file regarding this matter.


Patricia Fox
Chief, Division of Enforcement

George Tedeschi, President
Graphic Communications Conference, IBT
25 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Robert S. Miller, Secretary-Treasurer
Graphic Communications, District Council No. 4
455 Kehoe Boulevard, Suite 102
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188

Beverly Dankowitz, Acting Associate Solicitor, Civil Rights and Labor-
Management Division