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Member and Principal Officer
T. C. Bundrant, Southern Region Vice PresidentT.
C. Bundrant, Southern Region Vice President Local 549, Tennessee T.C. Bundrant comes out of the Freight industry and has been a Teamster for more than 30 years. T.C. serves as President of Local 549 in Kingsport, Tennessee. As a hard-working International Representative and Organizer, T.C. helped organize Overnite terminals in Memphis, Lexington, Atlanta and Bowling Green during the successful Overnite campaign of the mid-1990s. T.C. sees UPS's purchase of Overnite as an opportunity to revive the organizing drive there that Hoffa destroyed with a reckless, unprepared strike in 1999.
T.C. BUNDRANT, Protestor
05 Elec. App. 004 (KC) The following persons were heard by way of teleconference: Jeffrey J. Ellison, Esq. on behalf of the Election Supervisor; Steven R. Newmark, Esq., for the Office of the Election Supervisor, Ricky Maxwell, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 28, Ann Curry Thompson, Esq. on behalf of T.C. Bundrant, Barbara Harvey, Esq. on behalf of T.C. Bundrant and Bradley T. Raymond, Esq. on behalf of the IBT. The following persons were heard by way of teleconference: Jeffrey J. Ellison, Esq. on behalf of the Election Supervisor; Steven R. Newmark, Esq., for the Office of the Election Supervisor, Ricky Maxwell, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 28, Ann Curry Thompson, Esq. on behalf of T.C. Bundrant, Barbara Harvey, Esq. on behalf of T.C. Bundrant and Bradley T. Raymond, Esq. on behalf of the IBT. T.C. Bundrant, the principal officer of Local 549 has complained to the Election Supervisor that IBT International Representative Ricky Maxwell facilitated the transfer out of Bundrant's Local of a significant number of the Local's members in retaliation for Bundrant's political opposition to the incumbent leadership of the IBT. It is further undisputed that Maxwell himself told Bundrant when asked by Bundrant why Maxwell was interfering in Bundrant's local, that it was because Bundrant had interfered in Maxwell's local by campaigning for the insurgent Leedham Slate in 2001. It is further undisputed that Maxwell himself told Bundrant when asked by Bundrant why Maxwell was interfering in Bundrant's local, that it was because Bundrant had interfered in Maxwell's local by campaigning for the insurgent Leedham Slate in 2001. I find completely convincing the Election Supervisor's factual findings and conclusions that a) collective bargaining agreements with Land-O-Sun Dairies, Inc. and b) purported justifications for the Local 549 personnel transfers undertaken by Gegare and Maxwell do not in any way justify as non-retaliatory conduct the actions taken against Bundrant and his Local. As noted, it is undisputed that Maxwell admitted that his "interference " with Bundrant's Local was connected to 2001 political activity by Bundrant.
IN RE: T.C. BUNDRANT, Protestor.
T.C. Bundrant, member and principal officer of Local Union 549, filed a pre-election protest pursuant to Article XIII, Section 2(b) of the Rules for the 2005-2006 IBT International Union Delegate and Officer Election ("Rules"). The protest alleges that International representative Ricky Maxwell threatened that members of Local Union 549 would be forced, without a vote or other recourse, to transfer out of that local union, and that said threat was in retaliation for Bundrant's stated intention to run for International Vice President on a slate opposing the Hoffa 2006 slate. We transferred work to Portsmouth and Greeneville and the notice went to T.C. [Bundrant] because that is where the work was moving from. T.C.? Bundrant states that Russell told him he had permission to do so from Gegare and Maxwell. Bundrant further states that he told Russell, "Just because you're friends with them and I'm running against them, that doesn't give you the right to take my members. Bundrant states the exchange with Russell prompted him to contact IBT legal director Gary Witlen to tell him that Local 71 was trying to sign up his members and to ask whether any jurisdictional challenge had been made to his local. The protestor, T.C. Bundrant, was a candidate for IBT vice president on the Leedham slate in the 2001 election. On July 9, 2005, the Committee for New Leadership convened a half-day meeting in Atlanta that focused on developing a slate of candidates to oppose the Hoffa slate for the 2006 IBT International Officer election. The meeting was announced in Convoy Dispatch, the newspaper of Teamsters for a Democratic Union and on TDU's website. Bundrant attended the meeting and declared there that he would definitely be on the slate of candidates to challenge the Hoffa slate for international office. Bundrant denied to our investigator that he intended to retire and states he never spoke with Maxwell about retiring. Bundrant acknowledged speaking with Coley about transferring the leadership of Local 549 to Scott Armstrong, a Land-O-Sun employee. Bundrant states that Armstrong would take over if Bundrant were elected International Vice President. Bundrant spoke with Coley about protecting Armstrong's right to return to full-time Land-O-Sun employment if Armstrong determined that he preferred it to the post at the local. Coley presented a side agreement to Bundrant that preserved Armstrong's seniority right to return to Land-O-Sun employment after full-time service as local union officer; the agreement was contingent on Bundrant retiring by the end of 2005, and Bundrant refused to sign it for that reason. Armstrong and Local 549 bargaining team member Wally Gravely both state that never heard Bundrant speak of retiring; both also state that Armstrong would take over the local if Bundrant was elected to International office. Bundrant then telephoned Maxwell from his office speaker phone. Maxwell responded that Bundrant indeed had interfered in Maxwell's local when Bundrant had campaigned for the Leedham slate in 2001. Bundrant replied that he had campaigned in Maxwell's local but had not tried to sign up Maxwell's members. Maxwell replied that Bundrant indeed had meddled in Maxwell's local when he had campaigned at one of Maxwell's worksites in the last election. However, because of oral advice from the IBT, Bundrant has now sent a substantially equivalent jurisdictional protest to the General President over his own signature. The transfer of members from Local 549 has no effect on the number of delegates or alternate delegates to which it is entitled. However, loss of 200 employees from the local's jurisdiction, more than three-quarters of whom are members, will cause it to lose roughly one-third of its monthly dues income and, according to Bundrant, threaten its continued viability. Bundrant engaged in protected activity in at least two ways: he attended the July 9 Atlanta meeting convened for the purpose of developing a slate to oppose the Hoffa slate, and he declared his intention to be a candidate on that opposition slate. Further, the transfer of a substantial portion of membership of which Bundrant is principal officer constitutes adverse action here. Here, the record shows that members were transferred from Local 549 because of Bundrant's protected activity. Thus, Maxwell, the Southern Conference Dairy Director, responded to Bundrant's complaint about transferring Local 549's members by asserting that Bundrant had "meddled" in Maxwell's local by campaigning for Leedham in 2001, a point Maxwell conceded to our investigator. However, Maxwell made his statement in the context of the new election cycle, after Bundrant attended the well-publicized Atlanta meeting convened for the purpose of developing a slate to oppose the Hoffa slate, and as the sole explanation Maxwell offered Bundrant for transferring Local 549's members. However, Maxwell made his statement in the context of the new election cycle, after Bundrant attended the well-publicized Atlanta meeting convened for the purpose of developing a slate to oppose the Hoffa slate, and as the sole explanation Maxwell offered Bundrant for transferring Local 549's members. In sum, we GRANT the protest, finding that Bundrant engaged in protected activity within the meaning of the Rules and suffered adverse action as a result. T.C. Bundrant Teamsters Local Union 549 2857 Highway 11-W Blountville, TN 37617-3607 TLU549@aol.com
T. C. Bundrant, President2857 Highway 11-WBlountville, TN 37617423-323-4171T. C. Bundrant, President2857 Highway 11-WBlountville, TN 37617423-323-4171
T.C. Bundrant , Candidate for International Trustee , is Principal Officer of Tennessee Local 549.A second-generation Teamster freight member , he believes he has been fortunate to have a good union job and has always been ready to fight to help other drivers have the same.He worked on the Overnite campaign , first as a volunteer organizer and later as an International Organizer.He also has been an International Representative in freight.Bundrant believes that Teamster leaders must be accountable to the Teamster members they represent.We are putting together a strong slate for the future and are talking with committed leaders who will work hard as part of our team.We will complete our slate over the coming months.Navigation BarProblems viewing this web site.Contact the web administrator.