Unions File Amicus Brief in Support of Atlanta Mayor’s Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings

On July 27, 2020, six labor unions—Southern Region Workers United; Service Employees International Union; Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732; Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union Local 42; International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 528; and Communications Workers of America Local 3204—filed an amicus brief in Kemp v. Bottoms, the lawsuit brought by the Governor of Georgia against the Mayor of Atlanta and Atlanta’s City Councilmembers that seeks to enjoin the Mayor’s order requiring the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Atlanta.  The unions’ brief explains how, despite the fact that the pandemic continues to rage throughout Atlanta and Georgia, union members and other essential workers have continued to risk their health and lives by going to work each day to provide critical services essential to the economy; and how the Mayor’s masking requirement is necessary to ensure that workers and their families are not needlessly exposed to the virus when they interact with customers, their co-workers, and the public.

The union amici are represented by Altshuler Berzon LLP, together with Stanford Fagan LLC, Mary Joyce Carlson, Nicole Berner (Service Employees International Union General Counsel), Robert Molofsky (Amalgamated Transit Union, International, General Counsel), and Chris Bangs (Amalgamated Transit Union, International, Associate General Counsel).

You can read the unions’ amicus brief here.