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DeCamp Bus Line Workers Continue Strike

Friday, September 03, 2010

About 100 drivers, mechanics and garage personnel who work at a private New Jersey bus company plan to continue their strike. The workers walked out of DeCamp Bus Lines on Thursday over a contract dispute.

Jorge Maldonado, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1317, says workers will continue striking throughout the weekend, and until at least Tuesday, when they're scheduled to meet with DeCamp management.

Maldonado says the union and DeCamp have been unable to agree on wages, salary caps, and pensions, and have been working without a contract for nearly a year.

DeCamp would not comment on ongoing negotiations. The company, which serves more than 75-hundred passengers a day, is posting service updates on its website. NJ Transit is not cross-honoring tickets, but has posted a resource guide for passengers seeking alternative routes.

Updated 9/3

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Tammy from Nutley

I have been taking the 32 DeCamp for the better part of 20 years and hate to say it but I would rather they raise my fare and settle the strike than to have to continue doing the NJ Transit thing...I agree with Carl and Steve...both my morning and evening drivers both want to work....a side note to David....yes, they drive an air conditioned bus, but I would not say it's the easiest of jobs....dealing with the traffic can take it's toll and in all honesty, I have seen an elevating amount of ill mannered commuters treat the drivers horribly....they at times take the brunt of everyone's bad days. I hope they come back soon!

Sep. 02 2010 11:40 PM
Carl from Belleville

This is what happens when the state enforces monopolies! If there were competing services for the same business we wouldn't be at the mercy of the union scum. They've already driven almost all business, manufacturing and services overseas. Welcome to America, the new third world country!

Sep. 02 2010 07:42 PM
Steve from Bloomfield, NJ

Yesterday I told my driver to "Have a nice vacation" before I got off the bus. He looked at me like he wanted to kill me. I'm getting the feeling that most of the work force WANTS to work, and are actually angry that they won't work. I agree with David above, that union sure picked an ignorant time to strike... but when is it ever good I guess. I hope they come back soon. I cannot do this NJTransit thing too much longer! Whaaa...

Sep. 02 2010 05:33 PM
David Lowry from Caldwell, NJ

Why do unionized workers believe they are entitled to more than non-union workes receive from their employers? No contract for ALMOST a year???? Really?? What about the non-unionized workers who haven't received a raise in salary in years? I doubt that DeCamp is subjecting their work force to "sweat shop" conditions. Let's see, driving an air conditioned bus all day or working construction outside year round. We are living in economically tough times. What ever happened to being thankful to have a job?

Sep. 02 2010 03:01 PM

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