The IBT’s 1991 Election
This chapter focuses on the watershed 1991 election of International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) international officers, the first election supervised by the court-appointed election officer. In negotiating the US v. IBT consent decree, US Attorney Rudolph Giuliani accepted the suggestion that, given free and fair elections, the IBT would elect candidates who opposed corruption and racketeering. The consent decree thus mandated election procedures that were more democratic than those of any other labor union in the United States. This chapter first provides an overview of the 1991 election rules before looking at the candidates for general president and their slates. It then considers the election campaigns, the preballoting election protests, and balloting and results, which saw insurgent candidate Ron Carey winning in the one-man-one-vote, secret mail-ballot election.
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