UPS Protests Federal Delay in Dumping Carey Re-Election

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Package-delivery giant United Parcel Service yesterday accused a federal election officer of improperly withholding a report that nullified the re-election of Teamsters President Ron Carey until after the union's strike against UPS was settled.

"This was wholly improper," said Joseph R. Moderow, senior vice president and general counsel for UPS, in a protest filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. "Even more improper was for this unelected, court-appointed employee to choose sides in a momentous labor-management dispute."

Mr. Moderow directed his wrath at Barbara Zack Quindel, the federally appointed election officer who waited until Aug. 22 - two days after the UPS strike was settled - to announce that Mr. Carey's re-election was invalid. Mrs. Quindel had reached her conclusion shortly after the strike began Aug. 4 but delayed the announcement because she didn't want it to be a factor in the dispute.

Mr. Moderow called Mrs. Quindel's decision "an arrogation of power with sweeping implications particularly inappropriate to a judicial officer."

"Influencing strikes is not the election officer's role - promptly announcing election results is," he said.

Jeff O'Mara, a spokesman for Mrs. Quindel, said: "UPS seems to misunderstand. The election officer's duty as a court officer is to run the election process for the benefit of the union and its members."

UPS lost $700 million worth of business during the strike. Company officials have become incensed the past two weeks to learn that Mr. Carey's December election victory over James P. …