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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.

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