Union rejects school bus company offer, vows 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.

 

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