Cecilia DowdNov 16, 2017, 1:21 pmNov 16, 2017, 5:31 pm

Nassau bus strike on hold as union, school officials reach tentative agreement

The bus strike isn't exactly over yet


ISLANDIA — A nine-day long bus strike that has caused Nassau parents from several school districts to shuttle their kids to and from school has been put on hold, according to union leaders.

“We're very positive. We finally, after months and months of negotiations, and after 9 days of a strike, we finally have movement where we are attaining a form of guaranteed weeks which is very important to the members,” said Debra Hagan, president of transport workers union local 252.

Hagan says some of Baumann & Sons Buses Inc.'s drivers that transport students in Nassau schools are back at work.

That's because union leaders have reached a tentative agreement with school officials, Hagan says. The workers have attained a wage increase, an increase in 401K for all drivers and monitors and increase of a snow day and increase of a sick day.

But some schools have canceled their contract with the bus company.

“Some are back to work. Some of the contracts have been canceled. Hicksville canceled the contract, Rockville Centre canceled the contract, opt canceled, the last I heard,” Hagan said.

Nothing is set in stone which is why Hagan says the strike is on hold and not over.

The agreement has to be presented to union members on Friday and then it will have to be ratified by them

“Most of them work five days a week for the company and they're in the range of $28,000 to $32,000 a year. Who on Long Island can afford to live? They're working two and three jobs. They're working ungodly hours and they're traveling, driving, they're fatigued and yet they do it every day and they do it safely for the needs of the children,” Hagen said.

Baumann & Sons Buses Inc. says that it has not received any formal information that the strike is over

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