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July 17, 2001

2001.07.17: LAS Contract Offer

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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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