Acme Bus Strike


Danielle Eletto, Staff Writer

In a statement released on September 7, 2015, the Three Village Central School District superintendent Cheryl Pedisich informed the Three Village Community of a potential bus strike involving The Acme Bus Company. Three Village relies on 37 Acme busses to transport students to and from BOCES and other non-public schools. Although this strike would not impact the majority of students who attend the public elementary, middle, and high schools in the district, it would cause a transportation issue for students attending BOCES.

Due to the school district’s contract with Acme Bus Company, alternate transportation would not be able to be provided by the district to families who need it. Parents would either have to drive students themselves, ask a friend or relative to drive the student, or have the student simply not attend BOCES for the day.

Pedisich released an updated statement on September 8, 2015, the first day of BOCES classes, which served as a reminder that alternate transportation still may be required for some families. The busses transported students that day. Another updated statement from Pedisich was released on September 10, 2015. This update stated that the parent company of Acme Bus Company, Baumann & Sons Buses, Inc., is working on an agreement with their drivers. Bus transportation was uninterrupted that day, but families were yet again reminded that an agreement may not be reached and bus services could be interrupted in the future. A follow up statement was released on September 11 stating that bus services would continue on September 11 and September 14. A recent September 15 update was released and stated that bus services would be uninterrupted through September 17.

Discontent with low wages caused the Acme and Baumann & Sons strike. Workers were unsatisfied with their salaries of $11 to $13 per hour, considering the roughly 25-30 hours they work each week. The union stated that the company is inflexible on wage increases.