BARGAINING RIGHTS: Daytona cops dump Teamsters in favor of PBA by voting margin of nearly 2 to 1

Daytona Beach cops leave Teamsters for PBA / Headline Surfer®Teamsters Bob Walker / Headline Surfer®DPPD Chief Mike Chitwood / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Mike Scudiero, staff rep. for the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association (shown below), is pleased Daytona Beach police officers have terminated their 20-year relationship with the Teamsters in favor of his union's representation. Teamsters 385 Business Agent Bob Walker, shown above at left,  is not talking about the switch. Police Chief Mike Chitwood, shown above right,  isn't speaking on it either.
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Teamsters' 20-year stranglehold on bargaining rights for the rank-and-file cops in Volusia County's largest municipal police force come to an abrupt end Thursday night.

The vote of the cops was 115 to 64 in favor of their union bargaining rights with the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association after 20 years with the Teamster's out of Orlando.

Bob Walker, the business agent for Teamsters 385 and a retired Daytona Beach homicide detective, did not return calls for comment after the votes were tallied Thursday night.

Attempts to reach Walker and his assistant, Gary Conroy, a retired Edgewater cop and that city's elected city commissioner were unsuccessful, despite repeated calls that went to voice mail where messages were left, a series of text messages and private social media messaging venues.

Mike Scudiero, a full-time staff representative for the PBA, whose duties include dealing with media inquiries and political issues, was ecstatic with the results after two days of voting. 

"The PBA is extremely excited to be representing the largest municipal police department in Volusia County," Scudiero said. "These men and women pour their hearts out into their job every day, and it is our goal to give them the best possible representation. We felt comfortable we were the best choice to do that, and are extremely grateful to the men and women for their stamp of approval."

Mike Scudiero, PBA staff rep., ecstatic Daytona Beach PD chose his union instead of staying with Teamsters / Headline SureferMike Scudiero, a full-time staff representative for the PBA, whose duties include dealing with media inquiries and ongoing political issues, was ecstatic with the results after two days of voting. 

"The PBA is extremely excited to be representing the largest municipal police department in Volusia County," Scudiero said. "These men and women pour their hearts out into their job every day, and it is our goal to give them the best possible representation. We felt comfortable we were the best choice to do that, and are extremely grateful to the men and women for their stamp of approval."

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.