Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.
Can you explain your situation please?
Yes, please. Duress is a legal conclusion, rather than a fact. What happened?
What's the difference between what you thought you were resigning from and what you actually resigned from?
Have you talked to your union representative? If so, what did they say?
What did you say? What did they say to make you resign?
Have you talked to your union representative about what happened?
As a general rule, there is unfortunately no right to UN-quit a job. And a person who resigns from one part of a job can be terminated from the rest. Legally, duress means that they were holding a gun to your head, that someone grabbed your hand and signed a letter of resignation for you, or that they were threatening you or your family to get you to resign. That's not the situation you're describing.
And that means that your best chance at getting reinstated is probably to talk to your union representative. General New York laws aren't going to help you get your job back, but it's possible that there's something the union can do for you.