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March 29, 2004

2004.03.29: Re: Fwd: Proposed Emergency Resolution

From: Azalia Torres
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2004 2:32 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Cc: 1199 Members
Subject: Re: Fwd: Proposed Emergency Resolution

Attached you will find a proposed resolution which is being circulated in an effort to develop unity and common purpose during these difficult times at LAS.

This resolution, entitled, “No Give-Backs, No Layoffs: We Are a Fighting Union,” was developed by the Senior Attorneys of Brooklyn CDD, and distributed to those attorneys and to the delegates in Brooklyn on March 23, 2004.

It was also forwarded to Executive Board members for discussion, and submitted for discussion at the Junior Attorneys’ meeting.

This proposal is consistent with the Civil & CLO “practice meetings” memo of 3/26.

In anticipation of many upcoming meetings throughout the various boroughs and divisions, as well as committees established by the Executive Board, it is being distributed to the membership at large to generate discussion and foster unity.

The Senior Attorneys understand more than anyone the need to promote unity and to have a solid working position as we fight for our jobs and our benefits.

In our efforts to create even more unity as we battle the administration and to save our jobs as well as our quality of life issues, we present this Emergency Resolution and ask that it be widely discussed. We see this as another contribution to the strength of ALAA as a membership body, and urge the membership to adopt it at all levels.

We urge the delegates council to adopt this resolution after discussion with your various members.

Senior Attorneys, please note: it is my intention to call a city-wide meeting of the Senior Attorneys for a date next week (the week of 3/29/04) as soon as I return to the office.

No Give-Backs, No Layoffs: We Are a Fighting Union
Emergency Resolution on the Legal Aid Fiscal Crisis
Submitted by the Senior Attorneys of Brooklyn CDD

Through the fog of Legal Aid’s fiscal crisis at least one thing is absolutely certain: If Union members and leadership seem resigned to bearing the cost, management and government will not find the funds necessary to maintain staffing and compensation. And while the results are not guaranteed, ALAA’s history shows that our best defense against both layoffs and give-backs is a highly-informed, active membership united on a determined response.
To reclaim our tradition a fighting, democratic union, we call on the Delegate Council, “the highest authority in the union after the membership” (Bylaws, Art. V), to clearly, publicly and immediately reaffirm the positions adopted by ALAA in response to funding crises in 2000 and 2002:
(1) ALAA’s Position: No layoffs, involuntary inter-division transfers, or contractual give-backs for staff attorneys or 1199 support staff. The Society’s fiscal crisis must be addressed through such measures as:
•Increased government and private funding.
•Reduction in management size and compensation; and increased workload and/or reassignment for remaining managers.
•Voluntary staff attorney buyouts, inter-divisional staff attorney transfers, and unpaid staff attorney leaves.
(2) Implementation: ALAA’s leadership is directed to:
•Convey the above position to management and outside funding sources.
•Provide the membership with frequent, factual *written* reports, including the specific dollar amounts (by division) of: (A) Legal Aid’s cumulative deficit; and (B) City and state budget cuts.
•Closely coordinate with our sister union, 1199SEIU.

Dated: March 24, 2004

March 24, 2004

2004.03.24: No Give-Backs, No Layoffs: We Are a Fighting Union

2004.03.24 — No Givebacks — OCR

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No Give-Backs, No Layoffs: We Are a Fighting Union
Emergency Resolution on the Legal Aid Fiscal Crisis
Submitted by the Senior Attorneys of Brooklyn CDD
(Endorsed by Brooklyn CDD Membership and Citywide Sr. Attorney Caucus)

Through the fog of Legal Aid’s fiscal crisis at least one thing is absolutely certain: If Union members and leadership seem resigned to bearing the cost, management and government will not find the funds necessary to maintain staffing and compensation. And while the results are not guaranteed, ALAA’s history shows that our best defense against both layoffs and give-backs is a highly-informed, active membership united on a determined response.

To reclaim our tradition a fighting, democratic union, we call on the Delegate Council, “the highest authority in the union after the membership” (Bylaws, Art. V), to clearly, publicly and immediately reaffirm the positions adopted by ALAA in response to funding crises in 2000 and 2002:

(1) ALAA’s Position: No layoffs, involuntary inter-division transfers, or contractual give-backs for staff attorneys or 1199 support staff. The Society’s fiscal crisis must be addressed through such measures as:
•Increased government and private funding.
•Reduction in management size and compensation; and increased workload and/or reassignment for remaining managers.
•Voluntary staff attorney buyouts, inter-divisional staff attorney transfers, and unpaid staff attorney leaves.

(2) Implementation: ALAA’s leadership is directed to:
•Convey the above position to management and outside funding sources.
•Provide the membership with frequent, factual *written* reports, including the specific dollar amounts (by division) of: (A) Legal Aid’s cumulative deficit; and (B) City and state budget cuts.
•Closely coordinate with our sister union, 1199SEIU.

Dated: March 24, 2004

2004.03.24: Re: DC Meeting of 3/ 16 Minutes

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Union Democracy and Structure — nyclaw01 @ 11:30 am
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From: Azalia Torres
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 4:21 PM
To: Judith A. Goldiner
Cc: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Re: DC Meeting of 3/ 16 Minutes

Just to set the record straight and I will be brief.  I have always solicited opinions, views, etc., from senior attorneys.  I have sent out e-mails for that purpose.  I also polled senior attorneys before deciding not to call a meeting citywide.  I know it may be difficult for you and your colleagues to accept but LAS is made up of other divisions and offices.

March 23, 2004

2004.03.23: Draft Resolution to Delegate Council

From: Azalia Torres
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 6:07 PM
Subject: Draft Resolution to Delegate Council

First I want to thank all of you who attended the meeting today. I think we were very productive.

As we agreed at the meeting, I have attached a draft resolution for your review. Feel free to make comments and propose changes. I would like all your responses by the end of Wednesday, March 24, 2004. We also agreed that if there were no major disagreements, we would submit the final resolution to the Brooklyn delegates for discussion in the clusters.

After the clusters discuss the resolution and hopefully adopt it, the resolution will be presented to the Delegate Council for a vote.
Draft: March 23, 2004
No Give-Backs, No Layoffs: We Are a Fighting Union
Emergency Resolution on the Legal Aid Fiscal Crisis
Submitted by the Senior Attorneys of Brooklyn CDD

Through the fog of Legal Aid’s fiscal crisis at least one thing is absolutely certain: If Union members and leadership seem resigned to bearing the cost, management and government will not find the funds necessary to maintain staffing and compensation. And while the results are not guaranteed, ALAA’s history shows that our best defense against both layoffs and give-backs is a highly-informed, active membership united on a determined response.
To reclaim our tradition a fighting, democratic union, we call on the Delegate Council, “the highest authority in the union after the membership” (Bylaws, Art. V), to clearly, publicly and immediately reaffirm the positions adopted by ALAA in response to funding crises in 2000 and 2002:
(1) ALAA’s Position: No layoffs, involuntary inter-division transfers, or contractual give-backs for staff attorneys or 1199 support staff. The Society’s fiscal crisis must be addressed through such measures as:
•Increased government and private funding.
•Reduction in management size and compensation; and increased workload and/or reassignment for remaining managers.
•Voluntary staff attorney buyouts, inter-divisional staff attorney transfers, and unpaid staff attorney leaves.
(2) Implementation: ALAA’s leadership is directed to:
•Convey the above position to management and outside funding sources.
•Provide the membership with frequent, factual *written* reports, including the specific dollar amounts (by division) of: (A) Legal Aid’s cumulative deficit; and (B) City and state budget cuts.
•Closely coordinate with our sister union, 1199SEIU.

March 20, 2004

2004.03.20: Antiwar Bulletin: March 20 Labor Report

Filed under: Antiwar — nyclaw01 @ 2:29 pm
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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 2:45 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: March 20 Labor Report

The estimated 100,000 antiwar protesters who marched in New York City on March 20 included a strong and visible labor contingent of at least 500 trade unionists. Most of this contingent assembled for a brief rally at Bryant Park in midtown, before marching behind a solid line of labor banners that spanned the street’s width. A smaller component marched directly from the main rally site at Madison Square.

[Full text:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2020 ]

March 17, 2004

2004.03.17: Antiwar Bulletin: Saturday’s Labor Contingent

Filed under: ALAA History,Antiwar,Key Documents,Palestine,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 2:32 pm
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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 2:30 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: Saturday’s Labor Contingent

The main labor contingent at this Saturday’s antiwar protest will gather at 11 a.m. at Bryant Park @ NE Corner of 40 St./6 Ave., and march at 11:30 sharp to join with other trade unionists located at Madison/25 St.

If you wish to join this contingent, as either a marcher or legal observer, please reply by return e-mail.  (Friends, familiy and last minute participants are also most welcome.)

—————————————————————–
March in NYC with Labor’s Contingent* For
U.S. Out of Iraq & Bring the Troops Home Now!

?End War & Occupation in Palestine, Afghanistan, Everywhere!
?Stop Bush’s War on Workers – At Home & Abroad!
?Fund Jobs, Health Care & Schools – Not War!
?Fight Racism – Defend Immigrant, Civil & Labor Rights!

Sat., March 20, 2004, 11 a.m.

*New labor contingent location:
Bryant Park @ NE Corner of 40 St./6 Ave.
March at 11:30 sharp to Madison/25 St.

March 20 Labor Endorsers
Metro-NYC labor bodies endorsing the March 20 antiwar protests include those below (list in formation).  For more labor info, contact:  nyclaw@comcast.net, 917.282.0139.

*1199SEIU
*1199ers for Peace & Justice
*AFM Local 1000
*AFSCME DC 37
*AFSCME DC 1707
*AFSCME Local 1930/NYPLG, DC 37
*AFSCME Local 2627, DC 37
*Black Telephone Workers for Justice
*NJ Labor Against the War
*NYC Labor Against the War
*NY Taxi Workers Alliance
*UAW Local 1981/NWU
*UAW Reg. 9A NYC

Cosponsored by:
*March 20 Mobilizing Committee <http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?list=sub&sub=31&gt;
*March 20 National Coalition <http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/m20/index.html&gt;

Union Labor Donated 3.11.04

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