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|ALAA/1199 News Update|
|November 28, 1994 Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/Legal Aid Chapter of 1199 568 Broadway, Rm. 702A, NY, NY 10012-3225•212.343.0708•FAX 212.343.0966|
On Wednesday, November 23, the City Council voted to amend Mayor Giuliani’s budget modification to replace some of the Mayor’s proposed cuts with equivalent reductions elsewhere. The Council’s budget completely restores the Mayor’s proposed Civil and Volunteer divisions cut, as well as $2 million of the proposed $12.5 million cut (or $17 million cut, under the administration’s proposed contract) for the Criminal Defense Division and Criminal Appeals Bureau.
The Mayor, however, says that he will implement his plan without the Council’s amendments. Until this dispute is resolved, therefore, the impact of the Council’s budget restorations remains unclear.
ALAA Makes Financial Proposal to Board
Since November 21, the ALAA/1199 joint fiscal consultant has been examining the Society’s books with the full cooperation of Society personnel. Meanwhile, in an effort to resolve the status of Legal Aid’s City contract, on November 23 ALAA conveyed to the Board of Directors a modified economic plan under which City funding for CDD and CAB would be reduced by a maximum of $7 million. Of that amount, ALAA proposed that the Society absorb $5 million (in part by eliminating the proposed CDD “team leader” differential) and that ALAA members contribute $2 million through: 1) voluntary attrition ($.5 million); 2) foregoing the 2% bonus in FY95 ($645,000); and 3) additional contributions ($900,000) to be chosen by the membership at a later date.
The Union conditioned its proposal on: 1) eventual recapture of ALAA contributions; 2) a guarantee that there would be no ALAA or 1199 bargaining unit layoffs (as opposed to voluntary buy-outs) in any division through the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 1995); 3) safeguards for current bargaining unit members in the event of subsequent layoffs; and 4) full Union access to Society books on an ongoing basis. The Union offer was also conditioned on rejection of City proposals to compromise continuity of representation and/or the right to strike. As with all contract negotiations, final Union agreement to any proposal is subject to membership ratification.
The Board of Directors communicated this offer to the Giuliani administration on Wednesday afternoon.
The ALAA Bargaining Committee will meet tomorrow night to finalize a response to the Board’s proposal for CDD reorganization. All affected CDD offices should convey their views to BC members before then. Union proposals for CAB reorganization are under discussion with Board and Management representatives.
On Wednesday, Union counsel met in Washington with NLRB General Counsel Fred Feinstein to discuss potential remedies for the Giuliani administration’s conduct during the strike. A decision by the General Counsel will be forthcoming.