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September 23, 2002

2002.09.23: ALAA Delegate Council Minutes

From: ALAA HQ (Michael Letwin)
Date: Mon, Sep 23, 2002 2:10 PM
Subject: ALAA Delegate Council Minutes

Attached are minutes of last Thursday’s Delegate Council meeting, the substantive issues at which were:

**City Criminal Contract
**CAB Staffing
**CDD Staffing
**Collective Bargaining
**Bylaw Amendments
**2002 Union Elections
**Terminated Attorneys’ Union Membership
**Change in Union VP Constituency

CC: 1199 Members


Minutes of ALAA Delegate Council–September 19, 2002


Citywide Officers: Letwin (President), Albro (Secy-Treasurer), Hitchcock (Recording Secretary)
CAB: Harpaz (VP), Elgarten
CDD-BxA: Rogers
CDD-BxB: Peppito
CDD-BxC: Bomba
CDD-Brooklyn: Zuss (VP), Torres (Alt. VP and Sr.
Atty rep.)
CDD-Bk1: Bell, Newton
CDD-Bk3: Flanders
CDD-Bk4: Pellegrino
CDD-Bk5: Lesher, Terry
CDD-Manhattan: Mulligan (Alt. VP)
CDD-M1: Arons, Sundram
CDD-M2: Siletti, Mitchell
CDD-M3: Collins, Vasquez
CDD-M4: Fiellman, O’Connell
CDD-M5: Seeley, Soto, Nagel (Alt.)
Affler, Botticelli
CDD-Spec Lit.: Wasserman
CDD-Q1: Morrison
CDD-Q4: Austin, Diflumeri
Civil: Holder
Lundgren (V.P.), Madhavan, Bournas-Ney
JRD: Hochberg (V.P.)
JRD-M: Lamb, Pappadopoulos
PRP: Zelermyer, Werlwas (observer)

Previous Minutes

•The DC unanimously adopted the following motion by Wasserman (CDD—S. Lit. and Hochberg (JRD): Adopt the Delegate Council minutes of July 23, 2002 [previously distributed].

City Criminal Contract

Letwin reported that, pending execution of the new city, LAS continues to receive criminal funding under its previous contract.

The Union’s litigation has not yet been formally settled.

CAB Staffing

Harpaz and Albro reported that voluntary reductions in CAB staffing and office location have generated $2m annual funding for CDD.

CDD Staffing

Letwin reported on discussions amongst city-wide officers, CDD union officers and CDD management about how to spend $8.6m in additional city criminal funding.

Based on reported feedback from CDD offices, the Union representatives have sought to balance needs for additional staffing (particularly in Manhattan) with preservation of at least $2m for staff attorney compensation increases above and beyond 3%.

(The amount of criminal funding designated to compensation drives the level funded for that purpose in all divisions).

Toward that end, the Union representatives have advocated: (1) Limits on new staff attorney hiring; (2) Few, if any, new supervisors. CDD management has supported more aggressive hiring, of both staff attorneys and supervisors.

Albro reported that Oxford is seeking a 19% premium increase for staff attorney health benefits in 2003.

The DC addressed the inherent trade-offs of these competing legitimate priorities as follows:

•By 10-19-9, the DC defeated the following EB proposal: Approve the position presented by the EB to management that CDD staff attorney hiring should not exceed 66 (except for 3 additional current diversity candidates) until and unless warranted by future experience.

•By of 15-6-6, the DC adopted a motion by Affler (CDD—Manhattan) to table the following motion by Torres and Zuss (CDD-Bk): Limit new CDD staff attorney hiring to 85.

•The DC unanimously adopted the following motion by Seeley and Siletti (CDD-Manhattan): Oppose all new permanent arraignment attorney positions.

•The DC unanimously adopted the following Executive Board motion: Achieve CDD supervision by redeployment of existing supervisors, not by hiring new supervisors.

Collective Bargaining

Letwin and Albro reported that, in order to prepare for contract bargaining, a contractually-mandated joint Union-Management analysis is underway concerning “the four-boro average of total compensation received by non-managerial ADAs at yearly levels of service.”

The EB has unanimously authorized distribution to members of: (1) Summary of changes made in past two rounds of contract negotiations; and (2) written contract surveys. [Forthcoming.]

Bylaw Amendments

•By 18-0-1, the DC adopted the following motion: Adopt Bylaw amendments unanimously formulated by the Bylaw Revision Committee.

•The DC unanimously adopted the following motion by Harpaz (CAB): Table further discussion concerning specific assignment of EB representation concerning health and safety and health benefits.

2002 Union Elections

•The DC unanimously adopted the following, modified, EB motion: Hold 2002 ALAA elections as follows: Sept 23—Beginning of 30-day nomination period; Oct. 22—Membership meeting to close 30-day nomination period; Nov. 6—Election notice; Nov. 21 —Office balloting; Dec. 17 —Post-election membership meeting to ratify Election Committee report and install officers.

The DC unanimously elected the following Election Committee: Marianne Allegro (JRD-Manhattan) (alt: Mark Leider), Jessica Botticelli (CDD-Manhattan), Adriene Holder (Civil), Arthur Hopkirk (CAB), Steve Wasserman (CDD-Spec. Lit.).

Terminated Attorneys’ Union Membership

•The DC unanimously adopted the following motion suggested by Albro and moved by Bomba (CDD-Bx): Pending ultimate resolution of grievances of their termination, continue Union membership of Alexander Hillery and Kenneth Schaeffer (Harlem-Civil).

Change in Union VP Constituency

•The DC unanimously adopted the following motions: Consistent with their relocation to 111 Livingston St., assign Parole Revocation Defense Unit (PRDU) and CDD-Spec. Lit. to CDD -Bk vice-president’s constituency.


The DC adjourned at approximately 8:55 p.m.

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