NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The union representing New York City’s corrections officers is speaking out against the city’s vaccine mandate.

The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association filed a lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio over his vaccine mandate for city workers.

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The union says the mandate comes at a time when they are in a serious staffing crisis and hundreds of correction officers are out on leave without pay.

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“Our jails are extremely unsafe and to put hundreds of officers out on leave without pay, it just makes a more unsafe situation, like pouring gasoline on a fire that’s already ignited,” COBA President Benny Boscio said.

The union is calling for the testing option to be restored immediately so that officers can return to work.

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The Department of Correction called the 12-hour shifts temporary, explaining they would end when more correction officers get vaccinated.

CBSNewYork Team