Union rejects school bus company offer, vows to strike

Union drivers for a school bus company that serves many Long Island school districts rejected a final contract offer Saturday, and have vowed to strike.

A strike could affect 35 school districts in Nassau and Suffolk. Baumann & Sons, based out of Ronkonkoma, transports 15,000 students daily.

A strike could affect 35 school districts in Nassau and Suffolk. Baumann & Sons, based out of Ronkonkoma, transports 15,000 students daily. (10/18/15)

HAUPPAUGE - Union drivers for a school bus company that serves many Long Island school districts rejected a final contract offer Saturday, and have vowed to strike.

Workers attended a Teamsters Local 1205 meeting at IBEW Local 25 Union Hall Saturday morning where union president Timothy Lynch said the offer from Baumann & Sons Buses Inc. fell short.

A strike could affect 35 school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Baumann & Sons, based out of Ronkonkoma, transports 15,000 students daily.

The union had been negotiating with the bus company for better pay, increased benefits and better working conditions.

In a written statement by the Teamsters, they said the majority of the members of Local 1205 "voted and a majority rejected the employer's so-called 'last, best and final offer.'"

Although, union officials say they are vowing to strike, they have not set a date to walk off the job yet.
             
According to Newsday, union officials have told workers to show up for work on Monday, but to be prepared to walk off the job.

Many school districts already have contingency plans in place if there is a strike.

Baumann & Sons has told News 12 that everyone wants a solution, and it believes this is not a situation where a labor dispute will improve the circumstances.

 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The Roosevelt community came together Saturday to honor 1 Roosevelt community honors fallen war hero
A pedestrian was struck by a car and 2 Pedestrian struck by car, killed in Ronkonkoma
Police say Antonio Smith shot another man several 3 Freeport man facing charges in January shooting
Anyone with information is urged to call Nassau 4 Police: Men break into home, rob woman in Roslyn Heights
Police say 14-year-old Nicolo Signore was hit while 5 Teen fatally struck by car in Miller Place

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The contract with Baumann Bus was approved yesterday School bus strike continues to loom in Suffolk

With no agreement yet between bus drivers and Baumann and Sons Bus Company, the union

Talks in the labor dispute are set to Talks to resume Monday as bus strike looms

Talks aimed at avoiding a potentially crippling school bus strike in Suffolk County are set

Members of the Local 1205 bus union have Bus strike looms; union set to vote on contract

A pending vote on a new contract for Long Island school bus drivers has school

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE