FARMINGDALE - A school bus company and union leaders agreed to continue labor negotiations Monday amid the threat of a looming strike. In the meantime, buses in affected districts will run on Friday.
Negotiations between Baumann & Sons Bus Company and Teamsters Local 1205 have been taking place over the course of the last two days.
A strike would leave thousands of students in Bayport-Blue Point, Middle Country, Northport, Commack and other districts scrambling for rides to and from school.
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The union representing the drivers says that they are fighting for more pay and better working conditions. Union head Timothy Lynch says hundreds of workers make less than $300 a week, and the company has been inflexible on pay increases. He says more 1,000 workers are ready to strike if negotiations fall apart.
Baumann issued a statement saying the union's allegations aren't true, and some workers make up to $23 per hour.