All 3 NYC correction unions file lawsuit against NYC at Queens Supreme Court

Kimberly Dole
April 23, 2020 - 12:58 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- All three correction unions in New York City have filed a lawsuit against the city on Thursday that was filed at the Queens State Supreme Court.

    The unions are challenging the city's requirement of triple tours of duty and its failure to require negative COVID-19 testing results before returning to duty. 

    According to the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, Inc., Correction Captain's Association and the Assistant Deputy Wardesn/Deputy Wards Association unions, this jeopardizes their "bodily integrity" in violation of the state's constitution.

    "During the health crisis, moreover, the Uniformed Staff, as essential employees, are forced to keep working until government authorities with conflicting motives and agendas finally deign to take their health and safety into account," a court document reads. "This action addresses two areas where the City's action and inaction have affirmatively placed Uniformed Staff in such a heightened state of the threat of illness so as to, in essence, order them to get sick, infect their loved ones and run the risk of death."

    Earlier this month, the COBA sued the city over the lack of coronavirus protection.