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NEW YORK (AP) New York City has sued the correction officers' union for what it says was an illegal strike at Rikers Island last week.

It accuses the union of grounding dozens of buses last Wednesday that take inmates to court.

According to The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1cMo3qI ), the suit says correction officers claimed the buses had problems when in fact they were in working order.

The lawsuit suggests the work slowdown was planned to stop an inmate from testifying against two correction officers accused of beating him and then covering it up.

The suit says 735 prisons missed their court appearances that day. It asks the court to impose a penalty of $1 million a day on the union for any future strikes.

Union President Norman Seabrook declined to discuss the lawsuit.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com