New York City sued a union on behalf of prison officers on Monday, saying that the absence of staff that led to the ongoing crisis on Rikers Island represents an illegal strike that also endangered staff and detainees.
A lawsuit filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court said unions, the Correctional Officers Charity Association, and their leadership tolerated a coordinated campaign of absence during the year, which led to a sharp decline in quality of life. In the infamous prison complex.
The proceedings were filed the day after the death of a Bronx man on the island, bringing the total number of deaths under the control of the city’s corrections bureau to 11 this year.
The city noted that since the beginning of this year, absenteeism has been said to have increased dramatically without permission.
It averaged 645 absenteeism in 2019 and 773 absenteeism in 2020, but this year it averaged 2,304 absenteeism, described in the proceedings as “amazing.”
“There is no plausible explanation for this dramatic increase other than the coordinated efforts of prison officers to engage in the slowdown of illegal work due to mass absence,” the proceedings said, and such actions dominate the actions of the city. Employees who claim to be illegal under the law.
The proceedings called on the court to limit the union and its leadership from striking and contributing to any kind of strike, and demanded punitive damages if the union and its leadership did not comply. ..
In a statement, Eric Eichenholtz, head of labor and employment in the city’s Legal Department, said the union was “actively encouraging or encouraging,” while the majority of correctional bureau staff were at work. “Allow others to abandon fellow officers.”
In response, the union, which sued the city in July for promoting inhumane working conditions at Rikers, called the proceedings frivolous and “factless” directly against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. ..
Benny Bosio Jr., president of the union, said: Tell Mayor De Blasio to stop union crushing and start making our prisons safer for everyone today. “
Sunday’s death on Rikers Island in Isabu Durkalim, 42, further emphasized the crisis of staff shortages there, leading to a slowdown in prison overall work, and basics such as food, water and medical care. Of violent episodes that delayed the delivery of essentials and increased the number.
According to the Corrections Bureau, their two fathers, Karim, died on Sunday evening. He was represented by the Legal Aid Society, who stated he had been infected with Covid-19 while being detained for 10 days in one of the crowded ingestion cells of a prison complex. His official cause of death has not yet been identified.
It is virtually impossible for imprisoned people to distance themselves within the ingestion cell, where they are often stuffed and forced to sleep head-to-foot on the floor.
Mr. Bosio called on the mayor to hire thousands more prison officers to help Rikers restore some normality. However, federal observers overseeing problematic prisons have a sufficient number of officers, and the question begins shortly after the coronavirus arrives in New York, and the absenteeism surge has increased since then. Said it was in.
The coronavirus struck city prison staff violently, infecting nearly 2,300 correctional bureau staff. However, it is unclear whether the virus caused the number of absentees this year that came without prior warning.
The union tells De Blasio, who announced an emergency plan last week after a group of state and city lawmakers toured the facility, explaining what was happening at Rikers as a humanitarian crisis when they returned. It has a combative stance.
De Blasio’s plans included the suspension of prison officers who were absent or resigned without notice. (Twenty-one such suspensions were distributed later that week.) In response, Mr. Bosio’s union called on him to retire.
Jan Ransom Contribution report.