ALBANY, NY – September 25, 2021 – A state Supreme Court judge yesterday granted the CSEA, the union representing approximately 5,800 workers in the Unified Justice System across the state, a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) yesterday against the implementation of a vaccine mandate for a non-judicial tribunal System workers which were due to go into effect on Monday, September 27, 2021.
The judge has temporarily blocked the court system from moving forward with his vaccine mandate until at least next Friday, when the CSEA believes there will be a second hearing in which the judge will hear additional arguments from the two parties and decide whether the TRO will be converted or not. in a preliminary injunction. If the court converts the TRO into a preliminary injunction, the union estimates that it will last 60 days, during which the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), which enforces public sector labor laws, has been ordered to shut down. pronounce on the underlying incorrectness. Practice charge previously filed by the CSEA.
The CSEA’s charge of improper practice is based on the unilateral imposition by the court system of a change in terms of employment, without negotiating those changes with the CSEA. All this decision does is require the justice system to negotiate the vaccine mandate with the union.
“This is a victory for the labor relations process and reaffirms that the court system is not above Taylor Law like any other public employer in New York State,” said Mark Kotzin, CSEA communications director. “The CSEA supports efforts to keep our workplaces safe in the state, but these changes must respect workers’ legal bargaining rights.”
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The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) is one of the largest and most influential unions in New York and the United States. The CSEA has approximately 300,000 members and represents employees in states, counties, municipalities, school districts, child care centers and the private sector. Established in 1910, the CSEA has improved the lives of working New Yorkers for over 100 years and is the largest affiliate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). For more information, visit CSEANY.org.