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August 27, 2004

2004.08.27: New Signers (Total 41): Stand With 1199 and Fight Back!

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 12:24 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: New Signers (Total 41): Stand With 1199 and Fight Back!

The following has been endorsed by the undersigned ALAA members (new names in bold); additional names will be published as they are added.

It is particularly urgent given that our givebacks are paying for new attorneys, and that 1199 has rejected givebacks by a vote of 86%.

Please also note that this letter concerns not only 1199 layoffs — critical as they are — but the need for an emergency Delegate Council meeting to take public action (i.e., beyond grievances) against the Board’s entire attack on our unions.

If you agree with this letter, please stand up and say so.

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Dear Fellow ALAA Members:

We are in the midst of a very serious crisis.

The Legal Aid Board’s unfolding program of 1199 layoffs, transfers, givebacks and unilateral “restructuring” is the most serious attack in our unions’ history.  This assault cannot be stopped by empty threats, unrealistic schemes, further concessions, or hoping it all just goes away.  Business as usual only breeds fatalism and impotence.

But we are not powerless.  As hundreds of 1199 support staff declared in a recent statement (below), “[i]nstead of giving money back. . . . we need to use all our resources to stop [the Board by]: mobilizing City Council, working with the media, picketing Board members, and more. . . . We have more power than they do.”  This stance has already contributed to withdrawal of some 1199 layoff notices.

To reaffirm that fighting spirit and that ALAA and 1199 are — as we were in the 1990s — “United in Spirit, United in Action,” we propose the following emergency response:

1.  Draw a Line in the Sand.  Immediately inform the Board that we categorically reject *any* additional ALAA/1199 layoffs or give-backs and will not cooperate with any restructuring (time sheets, etc.) to which the unions have not agreed.

2.  Back It Up With Public Action.  Give this weight by telling the Board that, unless it agrees to the above position, we and 1199 (subject to its agreement) will launch a rapidly-escalating public campaign, including a press conference and pickets at Board members’ offices in early September.

3.  Fully Inform the Membership at Every Stage.  There can be no meaningful membership engagement or leadership accountability until all members receive complete, prompt, factual written reports on each discussion held with management and/or the Board.

If you agree, please join us in publicly calling for an emergency Delegate Council meeting to adopt and implement the above.

CDD-Bronx

Kissa Broadie, Complex D

Antonia Codling, Complex A;  ALAA Trustee & Exec. Bd. Member Laura Pitter, Complex A Lia Rodriguez, Complex C Jodi Smith, Complex A

CDD-Brooklyn

William Boggs, Complex 3

Erica Cioffero, Complex 1

Alexandria Cubbage, Complex 3

Jason DeJesus, Complex 4

Katherine Fitzer, Complex 1

Alexandra Flanders, Complex 3

William Fowlkes, Complex 2; ALAA Trustee & Exec. Bd. Member Molly Gallivan, Complex 3 Cedric Gayle, Complex 5 Michael Higgins, Complex 3 Melissa Kanas, Complex 4 Estajo Koslow, Complex 2 Nanette Kripke, Complex 2 Adrian Lesher, Alternate Delegate, Complex 5 Michael Letwin, Complex 3 Paul Liu, Complex 1 Arlene McCrae, Complex 5 Kevin McManus, Complex 4 Meighan McSherry, Complex 2 Alba Morales, Complex 3 Susan O. Morris, Complex 3; ALAA Sgt.-at-Arms & Exec. Bd. Member Nicole Mull, Complex 4 Edwin Novillo, Complex 2 Patricia Ragone, Complex 5 Karena Rahall, Complex 4 Tasha Ricks, Complex 3 Jennifer Ritter, Delegate, Complex 3 Andrew Rowe, Complex 3 Scott Rudnick, Complex 4 Shekera Shahid, Complex 2 Monica Sheehan, Delegate, Complex 3 Jeffrey Sugarman, Complex 3 Steven Terry, Alternate Delegate, Complex 5 Azalia Torres, Complex 3; ALAA Sr. Attorney Rep. & Exec. Bd. Member Richard Torres, Complex 1 Christopher Wright, Alternate Delegate, Complex 2 Robert Zuss, Complex 5; Vice-President, CDD-Brooklyn & Exec. Bd. Member

Other

Dale Wilker, Prisoners Rights Project

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1199 MEMBERSHIP STATEMENT (AUGUST 2004)

*WE SAY NO!

–No to Lay-Offs

–No to Givebacks

–No to Short Staffing

–No to Union Busting

Management wants us to defer our next raise of 3% for 10 months and to give up transit checks for an entire year.  In all, they want us to give up almost $1 million to help them pay for buyouts that would further reduce our numbers and weaken our union.  And they won’t even guarantee that it we do all this, they won’t turn around and lay-off more people later.

These give backs would mean losing about $2,000 each.  We are the lowest paid Legal Aid workers by far and simply cannot afford it!  Legal Aid Board members, some of whom make millions of dollars a year have offered nothing.  It’s outrageous that they’re asking us to pay for their mistakes.

Instead of giving money back to management, we need to confront them.  We are part of one of the strongest unions in the country.  If management is willing to work with us, we should keep working with them.  But if thy are going to lay off even one member, we need to use all our resources to stop them including: mobilizing City Council, working with the media, picketing Board members, and more. We can show them that it is not in their interests to lay us off.  We have more power than they do.

For these reasons we pledge to SAY NO TO THE PROPOSED GIVE BACKS and urge others to reject them!

[Signed by 225 members of 1199 support staff]

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August 26, 2004

2004.08.26: Sunday: Join RNC Labor Antiwar Contingent

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 4:12 pm

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:12 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Sunday: Join RNC Labor Antiwar Contingent

ALAA and 1199 members are invited to march with the union antiwar contingent protesting the RNC, this Sunday, August 29, starting at 10 a.m. (see below and attached).

Our parent unions, UAW Region 9A and SEIU, are both on record against the war; SEIU (which is the largest union in this country) recently called for U.S. Out of Iraq and to Bring the Troops Home.

Please reply to this e-mail to confirm your attendance or more details.

Please also forward this to interested co-workers, friends and family.

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Join Labor At the RNC to Tell Bush & Kerry:

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!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2004

Labor contingent assembles 10 a.m., 22 St. @ 6 & 7 aves. — March at Noon

4 p.m.:  Post-Rally Labor Antiwar Open House

Refreshments & screening of The F.T.A. Show (G.I. resistance to the Vietnam War), at AFSMCE DC 1707, 75 Varick Street, Suite 1401 (1/9/A/C/E to Canal St.).

Labor Endorsers of this Protest Include:

*1199ers for Peace & Justice

*AFM Local 1000

*AFSCME DC 1707

*AFSCME Local 171

*BMWE, NY Lodge 3068

*IWW NYC GMB

*NWU/UAW Local 1981

*NJ Labor Against the War

*NYC Labor Against the War

*NYC Teachers Against the War

*Postal Workers Against the War

*Transit Workers Against the War

*U.S. Labor Against the War

For more info, contact:

nyclaw@comcast.net, 917.282.0139

Union Labor Donated — 8.24.04

2004.08.26: Re: 1199 Giveback Vote

Filed under: Collective Bargaining — nyclaw01 @ 2:15 pm

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 2:15 PM
To: [REDACTED]
Cc: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Re: 1199 Giveback Vote

Congratulations 1199 members — and thank you for setting this example for all of us.

>>> [J. 8/26/2004 1:52:29 PM >>>

Yes: 38 (13.5%)

No: 243 (86.5%)

August 25, 2004

2004.08.25: Let’s Stand With 1199 and Fight Back! (27 Signers)

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 10:52 am
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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 3:26 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Let’s Stand With 1199 and Fight Back! (27 Signers)

[The following is from the undersigned 27 ALAA members in CDD-Brooklyn.  It is particularly urgent given the news that our give-backs are paying for new attorneys.  If you agree with this letter, please stand up and say so.]

———————-
Dear Fellow ALAA Members:

We are in the midst of a very serious crisis.

The Legal Aid Board’s unfolding program of 1199 layoffs, transfers, givebacks and unilateral “restructuring” is the most serious attack in our unions’ history.  This assault cannot be stopped by empty threats, unrealistic schemes, further concessions, or hoping it all just goes away.  Business as usual only breeds fatalism and impotence.

But we are not powerless.  As hundreds of 1199 support staff declared in a recent statement (below), “[i]nstead of giving money back. . . . we need to use all our resources to stop [the Board by]: mobilizing City Council, working with the media, picketing Board members, and more. . . . We have more power than they do.”  This stance has already contributed to withdrawal of some 1199 layoff notices.

To reaffirm that fighting spirit and that ALAA and 1199 are — as we were in the 1990s — “United in Spirit, United in Action,” we propose the following emergency response:

1.  Draw a Line in the Sand.  Immediately inform the Board that we categorically reject *any* additional ALAA/1199 layoffs or give-backs and will not cooperate with any restructuring (time sheets, etc.) to which the unions have not agreed.

2.  Back It Up With Public Action.  Give this weight by telling the Board that, unless it agrees to the above position, we and 1199 (subject to its agreement) will launch a rapidly-escalating public campaign, including a press conference and pickets at Board members’ offices in early September.

3.  Fully Inform the Membership at Every Stage.  There can be no meaningful membership engagement or leadership accountability until all members receive complete, prompt, factual written reports on each discussion held with management and/or the Board.

If you agree, please join us in publicly calling for an emergency Delegate Council meeting to adopt and implement the above.

William Boggs, Complex 3
Erica Cioffero, Complex 1
Alexandria Cubbage, Complex 3
Jason DeJesus, Complex 4
Katherine Fitzer, Complex 1
Molly Gallivan, Complex 3
Melissa Kanas, Complex 4
Nanette Kripke, Complex 2
Adrian Lesher, Alternate Delegate, Complex 5 Michael Letwin, Complex 3 Paul Liu, Complex 1 Arlene McCrae, Complex 5 Kevin McManus, Complex 4 Alba Morales, Complex 3 Susan O. Morris, Complex 3, ALAA Sgt.-at-Arms & Exec. Bd. Member Nicole Mull, Complex 4 Edwin Novillo, Complex 2 Patricia Ragone, Complex 5 Karena Rahall, Alternate Delegate, Complex 4 Jennifer Ritter, Delegate, Complex 3 Scott Rudnick, Complex 4 Shekera Shahid, Complex 2 Monica Sheehan, Delegate, Complex 3 Jeffrey Sugarman, Complex 3 Steven Terry, Alternate Delegate, Complex 5 Azalia Torres, Complex 3, ALAA Sr. Attorney Rep. & Exec. Bd. Member Robert Zuss, Complex 5, Vice-President, CDD-Brooklyn & Exec. Bd. Member

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1199 MEMBERSHIP STATEMENT (AUGUST 2004)

*WE SAY NO!
–No to Lay-Offs
–No to Givebacks
–No to Short Staffing
–No to Union Busting

Management wants us to defer our next raise of 3% for 10 months and to give up transit checks for an entire year.  In all, they want us to give up almost $1 million to help them pay for buyouts that would further reduce our numbers and weaken our union.  And they won’t even guarantee that it we do all this, they won’t turn around and lay-off more people later.

These give backs would mean losing about $2,000 each.  We are the lowest paid Legal Aid workers by far and simply cannot afford it!  Legal Aid Board members, some of whom make millions of dollars a year have offered nothing.  It’s outrageous that they’re asking us to pay for their mistakes.

Instead of giving money back to management, we need to confront them.  We are part of one of the strongest unions in the country.  If management is willing to work with us, we should keep working with them.  But if thy are going to lay off even one member, we need to use all our resources to stop them including: mobilizing City Council, working with the media, picketing Board members, and more. We can show them that it is not in their interests to lay us off.  We have more power than they do.

For these reasons we pledge to SAY NO TO THE PROPOSED GIVE BACKS and urge others to reject them!

[Signed by 225 members of 1199 support staff]

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