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July 23, 2002

2002.07.23: Report On Last Night’s Delegate Council

From: ALAA HQ (Michael Letwin)
Date: Tue, Jul 23, 2002 5:06 PM

Last night’s Delegate Council meeting received detailed reports concerning the status of Legal Aid’s city criminal contract, including: (1) Negotiations with the Bloomberg administration; (2) Counsel’s view of Union/Society litigation challenging the city’s conduct prior to, during and since the 1994 strike; and (3)
CAB/CDD staffing. Following these reports, the DC voted as follows on the substantive motions below.


By a vote of 19-11-4, the DC adopted a motion submitted/2d by Mulligan and Affler (both of CDD–Manhattan) to table the following motion by Byrne and Diflumeri (both of CDD–Queens): Condition settlement (not dismissal) of the Union’s litigation concerning the 1994 strike on management’s written assurance that additional staff (other than replacement of attrition) will not be hired until after staff attorney compensation is increased by more than 2.5%/year.

By a vote of 19-12-2 (roll call below*), the DC adopted the following motion submitted/2d by Tom Bomba (CDD–Bronx) and Robert Zuss (CDD–Brooklyn): Authorize the ALAA Executive Board to decide settlement of the Union’s litigation concerning the 1994 strike, following negotiations with LAS
management over allocation of additional city funds. [Tomorrow, pursuant to this decision, the EB will meet with Management.]

CDD/CAB Staffing

By a vote of 19-2-3, the DC adopted the following motion submitted submitted/2d by Harpaz (CAB) and Ritter (CDD–Brooklyn): Oppose involuntary transfers from CAB to CDD, and delegate to ALAA’s CAB representatives the decision about whether the Union authorizes voluntary CAB buyouts.



Citywide Officers: Michael Letwin (President), George Albro (Secy-Treasurer), Charlotte Hitchcock (Recording Secy)
CAB: Elon Harpaz (VP), Peter Blum (Alt. VP), Arthur Hopkirk, Pam Peters, Julie Sender, Betsy Ginsberg (PRP)
CDD–Bronx: Larry Gurwitch (Alt. VP and BxB), Luis Roman (BxA), Larry Abbandando and Tom Bomba (BxC)
CDD–Brooklyn: Robert Zuss (VP), Daniella Korotzer (Alt. VP & Bk2), Jennifer Ritter and Alexandra Flanders (Bk3)
CDD–Manhattan: Debbie Wright (VP), Tim Mulligan (Alt. VP), Jennifer Nevins (Ml), Bruce Friedman (M2), Marlene Vasquez (M3), Kim Dvorchak and Jennifer Fiellman (M4), Louise Seeley and Angel Soto (M5), David Affler and Yossi Zablocki (M6), Steve Wasserman (Spec. Lit.)
CDD–Queens: Barbara Byrne (Alt. VP), Dale Frederick and Bob Knightly (Q3), Garrett Austin and Joe Diflumeri (Q4)
Civil: Cynthia Lacaprucia (Harlem)
CLO/Volunteer: Lisa Edwards (Alt. Del.)
Counsel: Danny Engelstein


Roll Call Vote (see above motion*)

Blum, P.
Wasserman, S.

Wright, D.


CC: 1199 Members


July 22, 2002

2002.07.22: ALAA Delegate Council Bulletin #84

Filed under: Free Speech,Funding,Union Democracy and Structure,Workload — nyclaw01 @ 12:00 am

2002.07.22 – ALAA Delegate Council Bulletin #84 — OCR

ALAA Delegate Council Bulletin #84

Monday, July 22, 2002

Proposed Agenda

1. LAS Criminal Contract.

1.1. City offer.

1.2. Lawsuit settlement.

1.3. CAB/CDD staffing.

2. Speech and Privacy.

2.1. LAS e-mail policy. EB proposal to consider further ALAA response at

September DC meeting.

2.2. Eric Meggett (CDD-Bk) grievance.

3. Bylaw Revision (see attached). First notice of proposed bylaw revision.


ALAA Bylaws Revision CommitteeProposed

Bylaws Amendments1

July 22, 2002

Article TI: Constitution

•ADD: New Sentence: “These bylaws shall

be subordinate to said Constitution.” –

Article IV: Membership

Sec. 1: Authority

.,ADD: (fourth line, after “Officers”) “and

at-large EB members”

Sec. 2: Eligibility

•ADD: “and to those terminated employees

whom the membership or the DC votes to retain

as members.”

Sec. 3: Good Standing .

. •ADD: (first sentence,.after”paid,all dues”)

“or dues check-off is authorized.”

Article VI: Executive Board

Sec. 2: Composition

•ADD: (as new Executive Officers): 3

Union Trustees, Sergeant-at-Arms, Guide

– •DELETE: (as at-large members): Health

Benefits rep., Health and Safety rep.

Sec.. 3: Election

• REPLACE with: “All Executive Officers

and at-large EB members will be elected by the

entire membership~ the Vice-Presidents will be

elected by their respective constituencies.”

Sec. 6: Reporting (New)

•ADD: “All decisions of the EB shall be

reported to the membership.and the DC.”

•ADD: (fourth sentence, after “established Article Vll: Executive Officers

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•ADD: (to subsection (1) after “bargaining Sergeant-at-Arms, Sec. 7: Guide

unit”) “unless the membership or DC votes to

retain the terminated employee as a member.”

Sec. 6.2: Quorum

•ADD: (first sentence, after .”A quorum at

any”) “citywide or local.”

•DELETE: (second and third sentences) “as

of the October 1″ and “rounded down to the

nearest multiple often (10).”

Article V: Dele~mtes Council

Sec. 1: Authority .

•DELETE: (after”itwill elect”) “the at-large

(non-Officer) members of the EB” and “and

three union Trustees from among the Vice


Article VIII: Elections

Sec. 1: Eligibility

•DELETE: (second line, after’~nominatiori”)

“or a current . Officer.”

Sec. 2: Terms

•DELETE: (second line) “and Trustees.”

•DELETE: (fifth line) “general”

•DELETE: (seventh line) “and Trustees.”

•DELETE: Last Sentence.:

Sec. 3: Vacancies

•REPLACE: entire section with: “All

Officer and other EB vacancies shall be filled

promptly by a special election. Pending the

special election: 1. A presidential vacancy shall

be filled by one of the vice-presidents elected by

the DC; 2. A vice presidential vacancy shall be

filled by the first Alternate vice-president; 3. All

1Unless otherwise indicated, these changes are required under the UAW Constitution or

federal labor law.

other officer or EB vacancy shall be filled by the


Sec. 4: Elections

•Retitle Sec.: “Procedure.”

Sub. Sec. 4.2: Nominations

•REPLACE: (line 1) “For general elections,

written or e-mailed officer or BB nominations

will be accepted bythe elections committee …

•ADD: (at end- of line 3) “by the election


Sub. Sec. 4.3: Time and Notice of Voting

.. ADD: (line l;before “elections”) “Ali”

• ADD: (line 2, after “and”) “for general


Sub. Sec. 4.6: Uncontested Elections

• REPLACE with: “Pursuant to Co nsf. Art.

38, Sec. 17, unopposed candidates shall be

considered elected,”

Sub. Sec. 4.8: Report of Election. Comm. ·

· and Installation of Officers and EB Members

……………………………………………. ~~—–…………………………………..: … ……….. _… …… _…. _____ ………….. ‘——-“———–·–··—–…….: .. … ~ … .

.. ADD: “Within 30 days of a general

election, there shall be a membership meeting at

which the elections committee shall give its

report on the election .results and the elected·

officers and EB members shall be installed. Any

timely protest to the election could be discussed

at this meeting, but shall only be voted on by the

membership at a subsequent meeting or other

form of vote, held within 30 days thereafter.”

Article IX: Removal of Union


•DELETE: Entire Article (Redundant and/or

in conflict with Canst. Provisions: Art. 31 and

Art. 45, Sec. 3).

Article X: Dues and Fees

Sec. 1: Initiation Fee

•DELETE: Sentence 2. (Only pay once).

Sec. 2: Reinstatement Fee

•REPLACE WITH: “Any member who has

lost “good standing status” for whatever reason

and applies to be reinstated to same shall pay a

$50 reinstatement fee, in addition to any dues·or

fees owed the union.”. .

Article XI: Strikes._________ ….. ______________ _

•DELETE (line 4, after “specified therein”)

“and to a fine not to exceed one (1) day’s gross

pay for each day worked.”

.•DELETE “and to a fine not to exceed one

( 1) day’s gross pay for each day worked.” ·

2002.07.22: ALAA Delegate Council Agenda — PDF/OCR

2002.07.22 – ALAA Delegate Council Agenda — OCR

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