Union: No deal yet in negotiations with bus company

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OCEANSIDE -

The union representing Baumann Bus Company workers who are threatening to strike said negotiations ended Wednesday without a deal.

Members of TWU Local 252 rallied Wednesday outside a bus yard in Oceanside. One of the drivers' demands is what's called "a guarantee of weeks."

"When the school districts are closed, you're guaranteed that week's pay," said Karen Aguiar, of Suffolk Transportation. "Right now they're just getting actual time worked. If the school district closes down, they're not paying (the drivers)."

As News 12 has reported, TWU Local 252 represents more than 300 Baumann bus drivers, monitors and maintenance workers. The union is threatening to strike after what it calls months of failed negotiations over pay, 401(k) contributions and sick time.

The bus company said Wednesday night that it is offering the union two proposals -- one is a guarantee of weeks for drivers and the other is a 2 percent wage increase.

Both sides will meet again with a federal mediator on Friday, Nov. 10.

A strike would affect schools in Freeport, Hicksville, Baldwin and Rockville Centre, as well as some parochial and private schools.

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