Uniting For Justice at Baumann Bus!
Strike Threat & Pressure from School Districts Bring Baumann Back to the Negotiating Table!
Much has occurred in recent days that we want to bring to your immediate attention.
Click here to read the latest Negotiation Update
The Union’s Response to Baumann’s Dishonest Letter of August 17
Ron and Connie Baumann sent a disgustingly dishonest letter—dated August 17—to all Local 1205 Members working for Baumann. Click here to see our response to that letter.
Letter to the Community Asking for their Support
Click here to see a letter to be distributed to the Community about the facts of our dispute.
Click here for the 6th Contract Update
Click here for the 5th Contract Update
Click here for the 4th Contract Update
Click here for the 3rd Contract Update
Click here for the 2nd Contract Update
Click here for the 1st Contract Update
Baumann's Insulting Final Offer, Packed With Givebacks
Click here to see Baumann's entire 88-page "Final Offer"
Local 1205's Opening Contract Proposals, Seeking to Bring Greater Economic Dignity at Baumann
Click here to see Local 1205's entire 93-page Opening Contract Proposals. (A number of modifications were made to these proposals over the course of our bargaining.)
Baumann's Cry of Poverty versus Audited Financial Statements
As we prepared for bargaining our new contract, we all knew Baumann would be increasingly crying poverty, and acting as if we should be taking up a collection for him. So, to counter his lies with the TRUTH, we thought you would be interested in seeing a copy of a recent affidavit commenting on Baumann’s corporate income and earnings. The Union came to be in possession of this not-usually-made-public document because Ron Baumann filed a legal action in New York State’s Supreme Court, against the Hauppauge School District and others. (Certain districts did not award its bussing contracts to Baumann and he thought he could win the school districts' sympathy by suing them.) In this 9-page affidavit prepared and signed by Baumann’s accountant, there are statements that Baumann’s parent company, ABA Transportation Services, is very strong financially; has “significantly high retained earnings” on annual sales of about 100 million dollars! The affidavit in fact contains boasts about Baumann generating a “15% gross profit” in fiscal year 2011 (the year of the audited financial statement).
If you wish to review the document, click here.
2014 End-Of-Year Update
Click here to read this important notice that includes an update about some hard-fought victories. Also, an overview of our exciting and careful preparations for negotiating our next contract.
Wage Increases, Holiday Pay, and Contract Surveys
Welcome back to a new school year! Click here to read an important memo regarding the September 1st wage increases, Labor Day holiday pay and more. Also, if you have not filled out and handed in your Union contract survey, please read the memo to see how you can obtain a copy and submit it to the Union.
Bethpage Yard Closing and the Possible LIRR Strike
Click here to see a summary of the Company's proposed plan for the Bethpage yard that will be vacating effective August 31, 2014.
Settlement Agreement - June 2014
Click here to read the settlement agreement regarding improper layoffs, improper picks, and more...
Baumann Update - December 2013
Click here to read an important update about recent arbitrations, Unfair Labor Practices and more...
Arbitration Victory - October 2013
Just this week the Union prevailed at an Arbitration that now forces Baumann to stop a policy he illegally imposed. Click here to read the important notice.
Read the complete Consent Award
Baumann Update - Autumn 2013
Click here to read a brief update about just some of the recent victories Local 1205 has had in getting our members at Baumann more of the justice each of you deserves.
Baumann Update - May 2013
After months of legal battling with Baumann, we achieved a great victory regarding many outstanding grievances. Click here for more information.
Read the complete Settlement Agreement.
Click here to read about recent victories for Employees of Baumann Buses because of Local 1205.
Important Arbitration Settlement!
Click here to read the letter regarding this important arbitration settlement.
Read the complete Consent Award.
We are happy to report that a major settlement was recently reached with Baumann, resolving over a dozen pending grievances. Click here to read this important memo.
We continue our mission to obtain greater justice for all who work for Baumann Buses. Click here to read an update on Baumann's continued and intensified attack, which is taking place because of our successes.
A very important legal Complaint was issued against Baumann on June 6th by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB investigated charges Local 1205 made against Baumann and concluded there was clear evidence of the employer's committing Unfair Labor Practices--a violation of the law! Read the full NLRB Complaint.
Click here to read quotes from your elected Shop Stewards about some of our first contract success stories.
We are thrilled to announce that on June 23rd the majority of us voted and ratified our Teamster contract! Read More.
Our Mission Statement
We, workers from six Baumann, Acme, Brookset and Alert locations on Long Island, formed our union with Teamsters Local 1205. We have the power to make a real positive difference in our working lives and create a better future for our families. We have a voice at work! We negotiate as equals with the company for the improvements we all deserve! Together, we are working with Teamsters Local 1205 to make this a better place to work.