I am hopeful that this writing finds you and your families well during these unprecedented times. While government officials have extended the lockdown well into June and canceled the remaining school year, we are doing all we can to keep our valued employees up to date on the latest developments, including some refreshing good news.

We are pleased to report that Towne Bus Corp. was recently awarded the Commack big bus contract and VTC Corp was awarded the West Hempstead big bus contract for the next five years! Our HR, Training and, Safety teams are vigorously recruiting and interviewing former Baumann drivers and driver assistants so we are ready to roll when school reopens.

While many of us remain safe at home, we still have team members working diligently to incorporate safeguards into our terminals and facilities to protect our valued employees from the spread of germs and disease with the guidance of the CDC and NYSDOH. Some of these safeguards include protective plexiglass barriers in our dispatch centers and safety signage throughout the workplace. We are also working with our Labor Unions to develop new protocols for personal protective equipment (PPE) and physical distancing. We want to be prepared for whenever we get the green light to reopen.

Additionally, our grab and go meal deliveries for the Commack School District and ESBOCES have continued to be successful because of the hard work of so many of our drivers and staff. Thank you to everyone for making this program a success and getting those much-needed meals into the hands of kids in our local communities!

Some other good news to report is that we are moving forward with our annual employee recognition awards for years of service, perfect attendance and, accident-free drivers! We want everyone in our WE family to know that these praiseworthy accomplishments do not go unnoticed even under the current circumstances. Over the next few weeks, we will begin to acknowledge those employees for their achievements and distribute their awards. BRAVO!

Thank you for your continued support and patience during these difficult times. Please stay safe and visit this blog for future updates.

For anyone having difficulty with benefits or any other Human Resource related issues, representatives are available to help you. Please contact them at 516-349-8200 for assistance.