Newsday, January 29, 1991
1-DAY STRIKE AT LEGAL AID
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Legal Aid lawyers, who represent poor people in the city’s courts, plan a one-day strike today over affirmative action, wages, job security and other issues, their union said yesterday.
The 1,000 lawyers covered by the union have been working without a contract since the end of June.
The strike will start at 9 a.m. and will last until 1 a.m. tomorrow so that lawyers who work nights covering arraignments will be involved, said Michael Z. Letwin, president of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys.
Archibald Murray, executive director of the Legal Aid Society, said the society’s 200 supervising attorneys would step in to handle arraignments and other scheduled court appearances.
Management has offered the attorneys a 1.5-percent raise. But maintaining current benefits will take 2.5 percent of the funds available for wages and benefits, resulting in a net 1-percent pay cut, Letwin said.
Murray, speaking for management, said the union’s demands come “at a time when the city is in rather poor financial condition. Our principal source of funding is the city of New York.”