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School bus strike continues for 2nd week on Long Island; thousands of students affected

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. — A school bus strike affecting several Long Island school districts continued for a second week Monday.

Newsday reports talks between Bauman & Sons Buses Inc. and TWU Local 252 stalled out Friday. About 300 union workers have been on strike since Nov. 6.

Thousands of students in the Freeport, Baldwin, Hicksville and Rockville Centre districts in Nassau County have been affected.

Districts have started using outside bus companies to transport students.

The two sides disagree about wage increases and payment for transporting students on field trips.

A Baumann official couldn't be reached comment.

TWU Local 252 President Debra Hagan says the union recognizes that the strike is a burden for the parents and the schools.

"We are asking for guaranteed weeks, sick days and we are looking for full rate to charter rate pay," Hagan said. "They're trying to divide the union with offering different wage increases by sections."

Both sides are scheduled to return to the table Tuesday with a federal mediator.

PIX11's Lisa Mateo contributed to this report.