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June 26, 2001

2001.06.26: LAS Compensation Offer—June 26, 2001

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Union Democracy and Structure — nyclaw01 @ 1:24 pm
                 LAS Compensation Offer—June 26, 2001





Year 1 (10/1/00)


Year 2 (10/1/01)




Salary & Pension


Across-the-board salary[1]








New senior steps




New salary steps 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24 (Appendix 1)




LG-3 increases




For recruitment and anti-compression (Appendix 1)








Appendix 2






10/1/01-3/31/01[2], 7/1/01-9/30/01


Guaranteed thru 9/30/02






Semi-annual contributions due no later than 7 mos. from relevant payroll period



Raise max annual cap for plan legal expenses from $25k to $40 (previously agreed by ALAA)



Part-time salary steps accrual


Prospective change from bi-annual to annual step increases (eff. 9/1/01)




Other Compensation


Cab allowance (all divisions)


No cap, except outside NYC (where current policy allows for case-by-case adjustment)



Meal allowance (all divisions)


NYC rate of $8.75 for 5+ hrs of mandatory work assignment (effective on ratification, i.e., not retro)






$25k fund; up to $500/yr individual reimbursement for foreign language classes




Insurance Benefits




Current benefits:  Guaranteed




Retiree benefits: Medicare supplement w/ Rx rider for those 65 years+ who have 25yrs+ LAS service (eff. 7/1/02)




Oral contraceptives (eff. 1/1/02)






Dental: Increased annual max to $1500 (from $1250), eff 1/1/02




Vision upgrade (eff. 1/1/02)(see Appendix. 4)




Long-Term Disability (LTD)


Increase max. to 60% of top salary (rather than $60k) (eff. 1/1/02)(n/a for those already on LTD)




Supplemental life


Individual option takes effect at group rates (Appendix 3)










Comp time—CDD trial offices


Eff. 7/1/02: Sell, use it, or lose it

•Annual option to use or sell all new comp days for cash at flat rate (M-F nights: $200; Sat., Sun., holidays: $300)

•No permanent banking of new comp days (use by end of FY)

•Buy-back:  Annual max of 5 old days (current); unlimited for new days (when earned), and additional max of 5 unsold new days




Comp time—all other units


Increased buy-back option to 5 (from current 3) continuous vacation days/yr




Paid parental leave


Birth mothers: 6 wks normal delivery; 8 wks Caesarian




Others: 2 wks


Total value (very approximate) (doesn’t include compounding; or comparability, retirees, etc., i.e., unknown amounts)






Quality of Representation


Standardize CDD felony certification


Where the felony certification process includes self-evaluation, supervisors will provide an outline of issues to which attorneys should address themselves; felony-certification will not be revoked because of an attorney’s transfer to another office or boro


Attorney:support staff ratios


Sufficient language in current contract


Stronger workload protection


Within three (X) months of this agreement, standing joint Union-Management workload committees in each division [?] will set formulas, subject to ongoing revision and refinement, that accurately measure, and fix maximum caps for, individual attorney workload; the trigger point for such caps may vary due to differences between conditions in offices and/or boros


Union input on responses to oversight committee reports


Management will solicit the Union’s views prior to submitting narrative reports to funders or other oversight bodies concerning Legal Aid representation


Appendix 1:  Salary Chart

 Appendix 2:  ADA Comparability


1.  Both ALAA and the LAS recognize and support a goal that staff attorneys receive total compensation which is comparable to that received by ADAs in Bronx, Brooklyn, New York and Queens Counties and that, due to the lack of sufficient funding,  the economic terms contained herein narrows, but does not close, the comparability gap between the two groups. It is also recognized that the next opportunity for LAS to receive a substantial funding increase which would allow it to close this gap would be in the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2002 (FY’2003).

2.  To that end, the parties agree that should the LAS receive a substantial funding increase sufficient to further narrow or close the comparability gap in the FY commencing July 1, 2002, the parties will, immediately upon learning of such increase, undertake to ascertain the four-boro  average of total compensation received by non-managerial ADAs.  After ascertaining such ADA compensation, the LAS agrees to pay staff attorneys as close to comparable total compensation as such additional funding allows, consistent with staffing needs and other priorities jointly agreed to by the parties. Such compensation increases shall be effective July 1, 2002.

Appendix 3: Supplemental Life Insurance Rates

Appendix 4: Vision Benefits




[1]Raises are in addition to annual step increases.

[2]LAS will not charge the cost for this period against this CBA.

June 19, 2001

2001.06.19: Equal Justice News #38

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 4:13 pm

From: MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST [mailto:MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST]
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 6:44 PM
To: Everyone At The Legal Aid Society@HQWEST.WEST
Subject: Equal Justice News #38
Importance: High

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A free e-bulletin published by:
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325
568 Broadway, Rm. 702A, New York, NY 10012-3225
T: 212.343.0708 Fx: 212.343.0966

President:  Michael Letwin
Secretary-Treasurer:  George Albro
Recording Secretary:  Charlotte Hitchcock =================================================================
ALAA/UAW 2325 supports the efforts listed below.  Unless otherwise indicated, all listed events are in NYC.

*****4:30-6:30 p.m.  Transit workers (TWU 100) rally to protect health benefits and to regain health, safety and dignity on the job.  TA HQ, 130 Livingston St., Brooklyn (A/C/F to Jay St.-Boro Hall, 2/3/4/5 to Boro Hall, N/R to Court St.).  Info: TWU 100, 212.873.6000, <;.

*****5 p.m.  Telephone workers (CWA/IBEW) rally against management’s violation of neutrality agreement in campaign to unionize Verizon Wireless.  Verizon HQ, 1095 6 Ave./42 St. (B/D/F/Q to 42 St.).  Info: CWA District One, 212.344.2515.

*****9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.  Teachers’ (UFT) candlelight vigil for a contract.  Gracie Mansion, 89 St./East End Ave. (6 to 86 St.).  Info: Tom Murphy, 212.598.9528.

*****4-5 p.m.  Rally against $1.1 billion corporate giveaway to NYSE.  Federal Hall, Wall/Broad streets (2/3/4/5 to Wall St., N/R to Rector St.).  Info: Campaign for Corporate Accountability, 518.286.3411, <;.

*****6-8 p.m.  NY Jobs with Justice 10th Anniversary Reception and Awards Presentation.  SEIU 32BJ, 101 6 Ave. (1/9/A/C/E to Canal).  Info: 212.631.0886,

*****4:30-6 p.m.  Demonstration against sweatshops and union-busting at Cotton Emporium.  Cotton Emporium Showroom, 1466 Broadway (41/42 streets, 1/2/3/N/R to 42 St.-Times Sq.).  Info:  Nieves Padilla, 718.418.7690 x208.

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June 13, 2001

2001.06.14: Equal Justice News #37

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Liberties,Labor Solidarity,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 4:14 pm

*Please forward this information to others* =================================================================
(Direct Circulation: 6788)

A free e-bulletin published by:
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325
568 Broadway, Rm. 702A, New York, NY 10012-3225
T: 212.343.0708 Fx: 212.343.0966

President:  Michael Letwin
Secretary-Treasurer:  George Albro
Recording Secretary:  Charlotte Hitchcock =================================================================

ALAA/UAW 2325 supports the efforts listed below.  All events listed are in NYC.

THURS., JUNE 14 & FRI., JUNE 15:  7 DAYS IN JUNE FOR A VOICE@WORK Campaign to support workers fighting for fair treatment and dignity in the face of fierce, often illegal, employer resistance.

–12 noon.  Columbia University graduate assistants (UAW 2110), Broadway and 116 St. (1/9 to 116 St.).
–5 p.m.  Jefferson Market food workers (UFCW 1500), at 6 Ave./10 St. (A/D/E/F to W. 4).
Information:  Nick Unger, NYC Central Labor Council, 212.685.9552, < >.

–9:30 a.m.  In memory of Rogelio Daze-Villanueva, an immigrant who died of work-related injuries at a nonunion construction site.  104 S. 8 St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn (J/M/Z to Marcy Ave.).
–11 a.m.  Limo drivers (IAM) facing company threats and beatings.  NYC Two-Way International at 355 Bond St., Brooklyn (Carroll/President, F/G to Carroll St.) .
–12:30 p.m.  Delta Flight Attendants (AFA).  Metropolitan Ave. @ Lefferts Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.
–2:45 p.m.  Taxpayer money funds lower standards and worker abuses.  Trataros Construction Co., Queens College, Reeves Ave. (Kissena/Main).
–4:30 p.m.  Justice for Janitors at the World Trade Center (N/R to Cortlandt St., A/C/E/1/9 to WTC).

Information:  Nick Unger, NYC Central Labor Council, 212.685.9552, < >.

Related:  E-campaign to support workers fighting for justice at Delta Air Lines, Verizon and Tyson Foods.  <

Teach-in to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
–3-5 p.m.  Rally at Harlem State Office Building (125 St./Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., A/C to 125 St.).
–5-6 p.m.  March to Marcus Garvey Park (124 St./Madison).
–6-9 p.m.  Cultural educational festival, Marcus Garvey Park.
Info: < Tamar Kraft-Stolar at The Correctional Association, 212.254.5700 x306.

Related:  E-campaign for federal legislation to permit state decriminalization of medical marijuana.   <;.

SUN., JUNE 17:  FATHER’S DAY RALLY FOR IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS Protest against detention and deportation of tens of thousands of legal immigrants under 1996 immigration laws.  Rally 12 p.m., INS Detention Center, 201 Varick St.(1/9 to Houston St.).  Info:  Citizens and Immigrants for Equal Justice, 908.241.9086, <

Protests against imprisonment of Rev. Al Sharpton, City Councilman Adolfo Carrion (D-Bronx), Assemblyman Jose Rivera (D-Bronx) and Bronx Democratic Party chairman Roberto Ramirez for demonstrating against U.S. Navy bombing in Puerto Rico.  Daily, 1-3 p.m., MDC Brooklyn, 80 29 St. (2/3 aves., R/N/M locals to 25 St.).  Info:  National Action Network <212.987.5020.

WEEKENDS:  PETITION TO SAVE COMMUNITY GARDENS Petition campaign for legislation to stop Giuliani administration from bulldozing 400 community gardens.  Canvassers meet 10 a.m. every Saturday & Sunday in June, Central Park (59 St. & Columbus Circle) to collect signatures throughout the city.  Info:  212.533.8019, < <

The statement below is now being circulated to protest the forcible dispersal of an international conference on workers’ rights on June 8.  To sign the statement, please e-mail <>.

We, the undersigned, would like to express our gravest concern over the forcible dispersal of the Asia Pacific Solidarity Conference Against Neoliberalism in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the afternoon of June 8, 2001.
The conference was organized by the Indonesian Center for Social Reform and Emancipation (INCREASE) and attended by participants from around the world. The conference was convened to discuss workers’ rights and the impact of the Asia Pacific economic crisis.

On June 8, at 2 p.m. Jakarta time, 300 police surrounded the conference venue and 100 armed police stormed the venue and shut down the conference. The police took 40 participants, including conference organizers and 32 foreign attendees, by truck under arms to the Jakarta Regional Police Headquarters. Twenty-four hours later, 32 people representing 12 countries were still in police custody, including a four-year-old child.

Following the police’s closure of the conference and removal of foreign guests, civilian militias attacked the remaining participants as they were leaving the conference site. Two conference attendees were injured and one was hospitalized as a result. His or her condition is currently unclear. The timing of this vicious attack raises the possibility of police collusion with the gangs, a re-emergence of the sort of alliance between right wing terror groups and the military that we saw in the Indonesian army’s support for the militias in East Timor.

We consider the detention of conferences attendees and the violent attacks on Indonesian participants to be unlawful and a clear attack on free speech. the right to assemble, and labor rights. We are committed to defending workers rights wherever and whenever they are threatened.

We therefore condemn the Indonesian police’s closure of the conference and its suppression of democratic discussion.

We furthermore demand that the Indonesian government: 1) immediately and unconditionally release all Indonesian and foreign detainees arrested at the conference; 2) ensure the safety of Indonesian activists organizing for workers’ democratic rights in the Republic of Indonesia; and 3) sanction no reprisals against Indonesian participants involved in these activities.

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