As we reported last night, DeCamp management and its union have negotiated a “cooling off period” that will allow commuter service to start up again on Wednesday morning. Union leaders say the fact that strike benefits would have kicked in on Wednesday was not the reason for the settlement.
Strikers insurance benefits would have been automatically payable on Wednesday, as is standard procedure if a strike continues past 14 days. But according to Larry Hanley, an international vice president of the ATU, that had nothing to do with the decision to go back to work.
“Assemblyman Giblin was the reason,” Hanley told us by text message. “There are many moving parts and strike benefits were never a consideration. This was done because Assemblyman Giblin approached the company and the Union with a proposal to retain staus quo and get the riders their buses so that talks may continue.”
“The drivers are glad to be going back to work on Wednesday and grateful to Assemblyman Thomas Giblin for brokering the deal between both sides,” said Jorge Maldonado, Local 1317 president for the striking DeCamp workers. “We never wanted to have to go on strike in the first place.” Maldonado said the Amalgamated Transit Union meets in Orlando in two weeks, and the DeCamp situation will continue to be discussed there. He expects details with DeCamp management to be ironed out in the coming two to three months.