On March 23, 2016, Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, on behalf of City Employees Union Local 237, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, (“Local 237”) filed an improper practice petition at the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining (“OCB”), challenging the decision of the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) to unilaterally implement schedule changes for Local 237-represented employees in violation of the contractually-guaranteed schedules which have been part of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement for over forty years. Finding that there would be “immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage” to Local 237-represented employees due to the pervasive safety issues facing workers at NYCHA developments, OCB authorized Local 237 to seek an injunction in state court to prevent the implementation of the schedule changes. On April 12, 2016, New York State Supreme Court Justice Kathryn E. Freed granted Local 237’s request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the implementation of the schedule changes pending a hearing.
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