Unions and Organizations Sue Federal Departments Over PPE


A lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia relating to an emergency rulemaking petition concerning provision of PPE.  Case 1:20-cv-02876 was filed on September 8th by twenty unions representing teachers, flight attendants, transport workers, and members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International. 


On August 11th, the AFL-CIO petitioned the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security to enforce rules relating to providing workers with appropriate protective equipment.  Neither Department responded to the petition.  The lawsuit was filed in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act and seeks injunctive relief, directing the two Federal Departments to respond to the petition and to ensure that workers be provided with adequate PPE.