TEAMSTERS ORDER NEW VOTE AT NORTHWEST INDIANA LOCAL

TEAMSTERS ORDER NEW VOTE AT NORTHWEST INDIANA LOCAL

The ruling council of the Teamsters union has ordered a new election at the local covering 5,200 Northwest Indiana members.

The Teamsters' general executive board, citing intimidation and missing ballots, ordered the October 1992 election at Local 142 voided.Donald Sawochka, longtime Local 142 secretary-treasurer, and his slate won that election by about 100 votes out of 1,600 cast, according to Rick Kenney, Mr. Sawochka's opponent in the race for secretary-treasurer, the local's highest office.

Mr. Kenney said he is a supporter of Ron Carey, the Teamsters' reformist president. Mr. Kenney's five-member "New One-Forty-Two" slate appealed the decision first to the Teamsters' district Joint Council 25, lost, then appealed to the international.

The union's executive board ruled there were sufficient irregularities to warrant ordering a new election.

Mr. Kenney said he has asked the international to provide outside observers for the next election.

The local leadership has 20 days to respond to the order and formulate new election plans.

Mr. Sawochka could not be reached for comment. He has held the top job at Local 142 since April 1964 after succeeding his late father, Michael Sawochka, as secretary-treasurer. An uncle, Peter Sawochka, was a local Teamsters business agent until his death in 1968.