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July 26, 2001

2001.07.26: Contract Negotiations

From: ALAA HQ (Michael Letwin)
Date: Thu, Jul 26, 2001 at 3:27 PM
Subject: Contract Negotiations
To: ALAA Members


** High Priority **

Last night’s special ALAA Delegate Council meeting on contract
negotiations was attended by 61 people.

The DC adopted motions to: (1) submit Management’s contract offer,
including any modification through further negotiation, for a
membership vote on Thursday, September 6 (Zuss)(36-17; see attached
roll-call[*]); and (2) hold another special Delegate Council meeting
concerning contract negotiations on Tuesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.
(Popper)(voice vote).

The meeting defeated proposals to: (1) rule out of order the September
6 membership vote motion (Popper)(6-43-3); (2) table the September 6
membership vote motion (Zablocki)(19-32); and (3) hold a September 6
membership vote only if Management agrees to maintain current parental
leave [Management’s current proposal would reduce such leave for those
other than birth-mothers] (Dinjian)(15-34-1).

Details about September 6 voting procedure will be forthcoming.

In the interim, the Executive Board will continue negotiating,
particularly in regard to:  (1) maintenance of current parental leave;
(2) non-CDD comp time; and (3) second-year comparability increases.
Results will be reported to the August 28 Delegate Council meeting and
to the entire membership.

——

Roll-call

July 25 DC Motion to Hold September 6, 2001 Membership Ratification Vote

Adopted 36-17 (alternates listed only if voting in place of absent member)

 

POSITION/UNIT

 

NAME

 

YES

 

NO

 

President

 

Letwin

 

Present, but under Union rules votes only if tie

 

Secretary–Treasurer

 

Albro

 

X

 

 

 

Recording Secretary

 

Hitchcock

 

Absent

 

VP–CAB/CAP/Fed

 

Blum

 

X

 

 

 

VP–CDD/Bx

 

Geltman

 

 

 

X

 

VP–CDD/Bk

 

Zuss

 

X

 

 

 

VP–CDD/M

 

Geida

 

X

 

 

 

VP–CDD/Q

 

Popper

 

 

 

X

 

VP–Civil

 

Holder

 

 

 

X

 

VP–JRD

 

Hochberg

 

X

 

 

 

VP–Volunteer (CLO)

 

Bing–Hampson

 

Absent

 

CAB Proper

 

Cohen

 

Absent

 

Fabiano

 

Absent

 

Graves

 

Absent

 

Harpaz

 

X

 

 

 

Hopkirk

 

X

 

 

 

Little

 

X

 

 

 

Peters

 

X

 

 

 

Willer

 

X

 

 

 

Sender (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

Capital

 

Vacant

 

Absent

 

Fed–APP & SDNY

 

Statsinger

 

Absent

 

Fed–EDNY

 

Padden

 

Absent

 

Parole Revocation

 

Lopez

 

Absent

 

Prisoners Rights

 

Zelermyer

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–BxA

 

Rogers

 

Absent

 

Sim

 

X

 

 

 

Rush–Fox (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–BxB

 

Garcia

 

X

 

 

 

Gurwitch

 

Absent

 

Meyerson (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–BxC

 

Abbandando

 

Absent

 

Bomba

 

Absent

 

Rudin (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

Beltre (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–BxD

 

Follett

 

X

 

 

 

Ippolito

 

Absent

 

CDD–Bk1

 

Baker

 

 

 

X

 

Bell

 

Absent

 

Dinjian (Alt)

 

 

 

X

 

CDD–Bk2

 

Angrisani

 

Absent

 

Ashworth

 

Absent

 

Korotzer (Alt)

 

 

 

X

 

CDD–Bk3

 

Ritter

 

X

 

 

 

Sheehan

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–Bk4

 

Pellegrino

 

Absent

 

Cashman

 

Absent

 

Kurtz (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

Rahall (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–Bk5

 

Wasserman, R.

 

 

 

X

 

Pratt

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–M1

 

Daley

 

Absent

 

Nevins

 

X

 

 

 

Anderson (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–M2

 

Gross

 

 

 

X

 

Narra

 

 

 

X

 

CDD–M3

 

Bahr

 

Absent

 

Vacant

 

Absent

 

CDD–M4

 

Maron

 

Absent

 

Mulligan

 

Absent

 

CDD–M5

 

Seeley

 

X

 

 

 

Soto

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–M6

 

Affler

 

 

 

X

 

Wright

 

 

 

X

 

CDD–Spec. Lit.

 

Wasserman, S.

 

Absent

 

CDD–Q1

 

Morrison

 

Absent

 

CDD–Q3

 

Frederick

 

Absent

 

Knightly

 

X

 

 

 

CDD–Q4

 

Austin

 

Absent

 

DiFlumeri

 

 

 

X

 

Byrne (Alt)

 

 

 

X

 

Civil–Aging

 

Vacant

 

Absent

 

Durham (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

Civil–Appeals/HRP

 

Vacant

 

Absent

 

Kelleher

 

 

 

X

 

Civil–Bx

 

Frieder

 

Absent

 

Stoller

 

 

 

X

 

Civil–BNO

 

Vacant

 

Absent

 

Rosenberg

 

Absent

 

Civil–Far Rockaway

 

Shortell

 

Absent

 

Civil–Harlem

 

Sackey

 

 

 

X

 

Civil–Immigration

 

Floyd-Mayer

 

Absent

 

Civil–LMNO

 

Bodden

 

 

 

X

 

Civil–Q

 

Flores

 

Absent

 

Civil–SI

 

Salvatore

 

X

 

 

 

JRD–App/Spec. Lit.

 

Egger

 

Absent

 

JRD–Bx

 

Roman

 

X

 

 

 

JRD–Bk

 

Greenbaum

 

Absent

 

Karasyk

 

Absent

 

JRD–M

 

Lamb

 

Absent

 

Martin

 

X

 

 

 

Pappadopoulos (Alt)

 

X

 

 

 

JRD–Q

 

Bowler

 

X

 

 

 

Mittler

 

Absent

 

JRD–SI

 

Lee

 

Absent

 

Volunteer (CLO)

 

Lundgren

 

X

 

 

 

King

 

Absent

 

July 21, 2001

2001.07.17: LAS Contract Offer (Attached)

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Union Democracy and Structure — nyclaw01 @ 3:28 pm
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From: MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST [mailto:MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST]
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2001 2:19 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS@HQWEST.WEST
Subject: LAS Contract Offer (Attached)
Importance: High

Attached are (1) Management’s July 16 contract offer; and (2) ALAA’s original proposals.  Please also note the following:

CDD Comp Time.  This offer does not propose to change CDD comp time in any way.

Retro Checks.  Membership ratification by July 30 will permit inclusion of retro in the August 3 paychecks.  Due to August vacations, however, subsequent ratification would not permit payment of retro until after Labor Day.  Tonight’s Delegate Council will consider the issue of whether and when to scheduling a ratification vote.

E-Mail Discussion.  E-mail discussion of the attached is most welcome.  Writers may wish to limit recipients to the “ALAA Members” distribution list.

July 18, 2001

2001.07.18: Report on Delegate Council Meeting

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Union Democracy and Structure — nyclaw01 @ 6:17 pm

From: ALAA HQ (Michael Letwin)
Date: Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 6:17 PM
Subject: Report on Delegate Council Meeting
To: ALAA Members

** High Priority **

Last night’s Delegate Council meeting, attended by forty-three people,
adopted the following motions concerning contract negotiations.

First, the DC unanimously voted that the Executive Board (Bargaining
Committee) should continue negotiations on issues including, but not
limited to: (1) maintenance of current paid parental leave; (2)
non-CDD comp time; and (3) salary comparability (see offer, App. 2).

Second, it voted 17-12-2 to meet again next Weds., July 25, following
additional negotiations and upcoming local membership meetings.

Third, the DC unanimously voted to poll the members regarding their
summer vacation schedules.

Not adopted were motions to:  (1) schedule a contract ratification
vote on or before July 30 (failed: 18-15); (2) schedule a contract
ratification vote between Labor Day and September 10 (tabled: by voice
vote); and (3) schedule no contract ratification vote on any contract
proposal that reduces existing parental leave (tabled: 22-7-2).

ALAA members are strongly encouraged to make their voices heard on
these important issues by attending both their local office meetings
and next Wednesday’s DC meeting, 6:30 p.m., at ALAA HQ, and/or by
communicating their views to Union reps.  Again, please RSVP your
attendance at the DC so that sufficient pizza is on hand.

July 17, 2001

2001.07.17: LAS Contract Offer (Attached)

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Union Democracy and Structure — nyclaw01 @ 2:19 pm

From: ALAA HQ (Michael Letwin)
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2001 2:19 PM
To: ALAA Members
Subject: LAS Contract Offer (Attached)

** High Priority **

Attached are (1) Management’s July 16 contract offer; and (2) ALAA’s original proposals.  Please also note the following:

CDD Comp Time.  This offer does not propose to change CDD comp time in any way.

Retro Checks.  Membership ratification by July 30 will permit inclusion of retro in the August 3 paychecks.  Due to August vacations, however, subsequent ratification would not permit payment of retro until after Labor Day.  Tonight’s Delegate Council will consider the issue of whether and when to scheduling a ratification vote.

E-Mail Discussion.  E-mail discussion of the attached is most welcome.  Writers may wish to limit recipients to the “ALAA Members” distribution list.

Proposals Offer

2001.07.17: LAS Contract Offer

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Union Democracy and Structure — nyclaw01 @ 12:17 pm
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[Original format:  LAS Contract Offer 7.17.01]

LAS Contract Offer
July 17, 2001

Item Year 1 (10/1/00)  Year 2 (10/1/01)
 Salary
Across-the-board[1] 3% 3%
Senior attorneys

New annual salary steps through 25 (App. 1)

Supplemental increases at steps 13-25 (App. 1)
Junior attorneys

Supplemental Increases at steps LG-3 (App. 1)
Comparability

Additional increases if LAS funding increases (App. 2)
Other Compensation
TransitCheks 10/1/00-3/31/01,[2]

7/1/01-9/30/01

Permanent benefit
Pension Contributions: semi-annual contributions due no later than 7 mos. from close of respective semiannual evaluation period
Legal expense cap: $50k per plan year (from $25k)(previously agreed)
Cab allowance (all divisions) No cap for travel within NYC; case-by-case approval for travel outside NYC
Meal allowance (all divisions) $8.75 for 5+ hrs mandatory work assignment over regular hours (NYC rate)

(eff. on ratification, i.e., not retro)

Foreign language classes $25k fund; max of $500/yr individual reimbursement
Insurance Benefits
Medical Current benefits:  No reductions proposed
Retirees: Medicare supplement w/ Rx rider at 65+25yrs LAS service (eff. 7/1/02)
Oral contraceptives (eff. 1/1/02)
Dental: $1500 annual max (from current $1250)(eff 1/1/02)
Vision: upgrade (eff. 1/1/02)
Long-term disability (LTD) Max.:  60% of $80k (from current $60k)(eff. 1/1/02)

(n/a to those already on LTD)

Supplemental life Implementation of individual option to buy at group rates
Time-Off
Paid parental leave 2 wks, exclusive of short-term disability benefits (6 wks normal delivery; 8 wks Caesarian), for all employees[3]
Part-timers Salary steps:  annual advancement (from current pro-rata)(eff. 9/1/01)
Job share (CDD): option to work more than 50% paid time, with management approval
Personal days (non-CDD) Under discussion: elimination of flex-time in exchange for additional personal days
Private practice Continued prohibition on employment in conflict with LAS work; case-specific prior approval for non-conflict private practice
Vacation buyback (non-CDD) Individual option to buyback 5 vacation days/yr (from current 3)
Quality of Representation
Felony certification (CDD) 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; joint committee to develop certification criteria.
Maximum workload standards Divisional Union-Management committees will develop appropriate maximum individual attorney workload standards (language under negotiation)
External reports Management will solicit the Union’s views regarding narrative reports to funders or other oversight bodies concerning Legal Aid representation

 


Appendix 1:  Salary Chart

(New Steps in Bold)

 

 

Step

 

# Attys[4]

 

Current

 

 Y1:  10/1/00

 

Y2:  10/1/01

 

Over 3% in Y2 by

 

LG

15

36,750

37,853

41,200

2,211

1

17

37,500

38,625

41,973

2,189

2

39

39,000

40,170

43,260

1,885

3

75

42,100

43,363

45,320

656

4

46

46,500

47,895

49,332

5

42

50,200

51,706

53,257

6

33

53,900

55,517

57,183

7

29

56,250

57,938

59,676

8

36

58,350

60,101

61,904

9

30

60,250

62,058

63,920

10

29

64,500

66,435

68,428

11

37

68,500

70,555

72,672

12

45

71,500

73,645

75,854

13

69

75,000

77,250

80,000

432

14

80,500

932

15

60

76,000

78,280

81,000

372

16

81,500

872

17

46

77,000

79,310

82,000

311

18

82,500

811

19

83,000

1,311

20

12

78,000

80,340

83,500

750

21

84,000

1,250

22

5

79,000

81,370

84,500

689

23

85,000

1,189

24

85,500

1,689

25

57

80,000

82,400

86,000

1,128

 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 LAS may receive funding increase(s) during the term of this contract which would allow it to narrow or close this gap.

2.  To that end, the parties agree that should the LAS receive, during the term of this contract, a 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 at yearly levels of service.  After ascertaining such ADA compensation, the LAS agrees to pay staff attorneys as close to comparable total compensation as such additional funding allows.  Such compensation increases shall be effective July 1, 2002.


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

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

[3]Reduction for non-birth mothers due to potential legal vulnerability of current provision.

[4]Head count at 6/22/01 (excludes FDD).

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