CSEA sues Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation over layoffs
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation are facing lawsuits after the Civil Service Employees Union - which represents workers at the agencies - said layoffs in the spring were unconstitutional.
In April, more than 200 workers were laid off with 80 of those being union members
The Thruway at the time said the cuts were necessary to close a budget hole.
The union believes the layoffs were politically motivated in the midst of contract negotiations.
"Basically, CSEA is saying that the state really was targeting protected union activity. In other words, the union members have a right to associate with a union and to engage in union activities such as contract negotiations, which they are currently going through in the canal and thruways. Basically the state did this as a tactic to influence negotiations,” said CSEA spokesperson Mark Kotzin.
NewsChannel 9 reached out to the Thruway Authority for comment and a spokesperson said they have not seen any documentation regarding a possible lawsuit.
The agency said it does not comment on matters under litigation.
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