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November 28, 2011

2011.11.28: 4 p.m. Today: Mass Rally to Stop CUNY Police / Board of Trustees Attacks

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 10:20 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 4 p.m. Today: Mass Rally to Stop CUNY Police / Board of Trustees Attacks

Mass Rally to Stop CUNY Police / Board of Trustees Attacks

*A People’s Assembly to Defend Education*
Monday, November 28, 4PM
Outside of Baruch College – Vertical Campus Bldg
25th street between Lexington & 3rd ave

At Baruch College on Monday, November 21, CUNY Police attacked students and faculty seeking to peacefully enter a Board of Trustees public hearing.  Video footage shows police brutalizing dozens of people in the Vertical Campus lobby to the shock of hundreds outside and a balcony of students above.  Meanwhile during the public hearing on the 14th floor, CUNY advocates railed against the Board of Trustees’ responsibility for a tuition hike totaling $1500 over 5 years, teacher healthcare under threat, and an increasingly corporate-driven model of education.  Altogether, 15 students and faculty were arrested in the lobby, and 5 were ultimately jailed for 24 hours (including a Baruch faculty member), all who had come to testify that CUNY serve the working people of New York, not wealthy administrators.

This Monday, November 28, our university will rally again outside Baruch College at 4pm to protest the Board of Trustees’ business mtg that will pass measures to further squeeze the public out of CUNY.  Even though these mtgs are legally obligated to be open to the public, Baruch’s president has announced that the Vertical Campus will be closed to almost everyone by 3pm.  In this case, we will reclaim CUNY on the outside, and clearly expose the Board’s illegitimate mtg happening inside.  We need our families, other schools, unions, community groups, and the broad Occupy movement to bring out mass support.  Together we can demand a stop to this violence by the CUNY police and administration upon our school community, and that we see being inflicted elsewhere upon pro-democracy movements from UC-Davis to Occupy Wall Street.  Our university and communities are not for sale, and we will not give up our rights to free speech and assembly. FREE CUNY! 

RSVP/share Facebook links:
Emergency CUNY-wide General Assembly on Sunday N27 at 3pm.
Monday N28 mass rally at 4pm outside Baruch. 
Monday rally/march at 3pm from Madison Square Park to Baruch.
Petition for CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to resign.
Occupy Colleges Monday N28 Student Strike call in solidarity.

 

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November 25, 2011

2011.11.25: Nov. 25 and 26: TWO important demonstrations for Egypt

Filed under: International Human Rights,Police Abuse,Political Repression — nyclaw01 @ 10:49 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2011 10:49 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Nov. 25 and 26: TWO important demonstrations for Egypt

There are two important demonstrations for Egypt and the Egyptian revolution coming up this Friday and Saturday! Please join us for both demonstrations – see details below!

November 25: Protest! Stop Tear Gas Sales to the Egyptian Military

Stop Tear Gas

Stop Sales of Tear Gas to the Egyptian Military!
End All US Military Aid to SCAF!

Picket at Point Capital Lookout, Majority Stockholder of
Tear Gas Manufacturer Combined Systems, Inc.
Friday, November 25th
3 pm: Meet at Point Lookout Capital,
1370 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) at 56th Street
4 to 6 pm: March to Egyptian Consulate for Rally
2nd Avenue between 58th and 59th, leaving Point Lookout at 4

The Egyptian military (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces or SCAF) has been using tear gas manufactured in the US by Combined Systems Inc. of Jamestown, Pennsylvania, and paid for by US tax dollars, against peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, as well as in Alexandria, Suez and other cities.

US-paid for bullets have been purposely aimed at the faces of protesters, leading to several blindings.

Dozens have already been murdered in Egypt by SCAF, and at least a thousand seriously wounded.

There have also been widespread reports that the tear gas being used in Egypt is of a much more toxic form, which endangers not only by possible suffocation but by life-threatening damage to vital organs.

CSI-made tear gas has also been used against Palestinian protesters, including in the murder of Bassam Abu Rahma, killed when a tear gas projectile hit him in the chest, followed by the murder of his sister, Jawahar, who died by suffocation.

The Occupy movement and every social movement drawing inspiration from it has been clear from the start about the debt owed to Tahrir Square. And Occupy activists are increasingly being victimized by beatings, pepper-spray and arrests (most recently at UC Davis and Baruch in New York) by politicians who show little more regard for our lives and safety than Egypt’s military. Now it is our duty to defend the Egypt revolution!

Join the Egyptian solidarity community to demand:

No More Tear Gas, No More Military Aid to SCAF,
End Military Rule in Egypt!

Initiated by the Ad Hoc Coalition to Defend the Egyptian Revolution
To endorse this demonstration or join the Coalition, email: defendegyptianrevolution@gmail.com

Look for us on Facebook under Stop Sales of Tear Gas to the Egyptian Military

Please also send protest messages to Combined Systems Inc.:

Call CEO Don Smith at 724 932-2177, press 0.
Email the international sales rep at jimmarth@combinedsystems.com or the Media contact at paulford@combinedsystems.com

And to their owners, Point Lookout Capital Partners:
Michael A. Monteleone
Tel: 917-322-6437
mm@pointlookoutcapital.com
James J. Cesare
Tel: 917-322-6438
jc@pointlookoutcapital.com


November 26: Egyptians Come Together to Support Egyptian Revolution

 

Egyptians & Egyptian Solidarity Groups come together to support Egyptian Revolution against police brutalities and killings of civilians

Support Rally & march

Sat. 11/26
Rally from 1:00– 4:00 at the EgyptianMission, East 44th & 2nd Ave. NY,
and then March to the UN from 4:00-5:00

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/190476117703165/?context=create#!/events/190476117703165/

Please print and circulate widely

 

November 24, 2011

2011.11.24: STOP Stop & Frisk: Next Action is December 2nd at 3pm

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 9:15 pm

From: Gusberg, Jessica
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2011 9:15 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: STOP Stop & Frisk: Next Action is December 2nd at 3pm

Hi All —

The next STOP Stop & Frisk Rally is going to be held on Friday, December 2nd at 3pm. We will start at Pace University and march to 1 Police Plaza where participants will commit civil disobedience inprotest of Stop & Frisk. This will be a student day of action! Students from across the city are coming together to voice their anger, to state their refusal to accept Stop & Frisk by the NYPD. Spread the word!

We are particularly looking for Legal Observers for this action. C’mon all you Legal Aiders! Let me know if you are free and available to LO. And for those who cannot LO, please still come rally! Let’s come together to voice our disgust for this racist policy!

Peace,
Jess

November 23, 2011

2011.11.23: Friday, 3-6 p.m.: Stop Sales of Tear Gas to the Egyptian Military

Filed under: International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 11:45 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11:45 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Friday, 3-6 p.m.: Stop Sales of Tear Gas to the Egyptian Military

Gas masks

Stop Sales of Tear Gas to the Egyptian Military!
End All US Military Aid to SCAF!

Picket at Point Capital Lookout, Majority Stockholder of Tear Gas Manufacturer Combined Systems, Inc.

Friday, November 25th

3 pm: Meet at Point Lookout Capital,
1370 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) at 56th Street

4 to 6 pm: March to Egyptian Consulate for Rally
2nd Avenue between 58th and 59th, leaving Point Lookout at 4

The Egyptian military (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces or SCAF) has been using tear gas manufactured in the US by Combined Systems Inc. of Jamestown, Pennsylvania, and paid for by US tax dollars, against peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, as well as in Alexandria, Suez and other cities.

US-paid for bullets have been purposely aimed at the faces of protesters, leading to several blindings.

Dozens have already been murdered in Egypt by SCAF, and at least a thousand seriously wounded.

There have also been widespread reports that the tear gas being used in Egypt is of a much more toxic form, which endangers not only by possible suffocation but by life-threatening damage to vital organs.

CSI-made tear gas has also been used against Palestinian protesters, including in the murder of Bassam Abu Rahma, killed when a tear gas projectile hit him in the chest, followed by the murder of his sister, Jawahar, who died by suffocation.

The Occupy movement and every social movement drawing inspiration from it has been clear from the start about the debt owed to Tahrir Square. And Occupy activists are increasingly being victimized by beatings, pepper-spray and arrests (most recently at UC Davis and Baruch in New York) by politicians who show little more regard for our lives and safety than Egypt’s military. Now it is our duty to defend the Egypt revolution!

Join the Egyptian solidarity community to demand:
No More Tear Gas, No More Military Aid to SCAF,
End Military Rule in Egypt!

Initiated by the Ad Hoc Coalition to Defend the Egyptian Revolution
To endorse this demonstration or join the Coalition, email: defendegyptianrevolution@gmail.com
Look for us on Facebook under Stop Sales of Tear Gas to the Egyptian Military

Please also send protest messages to Combined Systems Inc.:
Call CEO Don Smith at 724 932-2177, press 0.
Email the international sales rep at jimmarth@combinedsystems.com or the Media contact at paulford@combinedsystems.com

 

November 22, 2011

2011.11.22: 3-6 p.m. Today: Protest supporting #Tahrir from Zuccotti park #OWS

Filed under: International Human Rights,OWS — nyclaw01 @ 2:05 pm

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:05 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 3-6 p.m. Today: Protest supporting #Tahrir from Zuccotti park #OWS

Protest supporting #Tahrir from Zuccotti park #OWS

Today: 3:00pm until 6:00pm

The tax money of the 99% in the US supports the violent suppression of Egypt’s 99%. The Egyptians courageously taking to the streets to demand an end to the military regime face a constant barrage of toxic, sometimes lethal, chemical weapons–notably CS gas (tear gas)–that are “Made in the USA.”

This violation of basic freedom is not acceptable. This is not how we want our tax money to go to Egypt.

We’ll gather in Zuccotti Park carrying our signs to end US government aid to the Egyptian military (1.3 billion dollars every year), which helps arm the military regime killing Egyptian civilians.

———–

US firm’s teargas used against Tahrir Square protesters

CSI has also old teargas to the Israeli police, where it has been deployed against Palestinian demonstrators, as well as, reportedly, to the regime of Tunisia’s ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011

2011.11.22: Waiting for Answers Regarding EB Action

From: [M.]
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:59 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Waiting for Answers Regarding EB Action

George-

I wrote yesterday to give the EB an opportunity to put our union house in order by explaining its irregular actions.  There is no shame in this, because we all make mistakes.

As you know, these days, I usually stay out of these types of discussions, attempting, usually successfully, to confine my LAS activities solely to the practice of law.  But as a former officer of ALAA I feel obliged to respectfully object to the EB’s violation of three fundamental union values: Transparency, Open and Fair Process and Respect for Seniority.  Some of you have mocked these objections, which is your right, but these values have served us well in my twenty-five years in ALAA.

Not to belabor the obvious, but the EB took a very debatable position — distributing the money in a lump sum instead by percentage of salary — and did so without any notice to the members or any solicitation of the members’ views and further voted to withhold this issue from the membership and to bypass the Joint Council.  This was neither transparent nor an open and fair process.  We can and should do better, and this is a very bad harbinger as we head into what looks like a tough bargaining season.

Regarding the embrace of a uniform lump sum, anti-union employers all over the country use this tactic to attack the principle of union seniority. Our EB should not have joined their ranks.

This is particularly unfair in this instance because no small amount of the money at issue is health care savings.  Over the years, a great deal of salary has been diverted to health care.  That money was contributed by the members by percentage of salary, not in uniform lump sums.  So, if all the money is not needed, it should be returned to the members in the proportion it was given.

I know math is scary, but the point is simple:  If 1% of salary is diverted into health care premiums, a lawyer making $60,000 lost $600 in salary and a lawyer making $100,000 lost $1000.  If only half of the 1% is needed, in all fairness, $300 should be returned to the first lawyer and $500 to the second, not $400 to each.

Essentially, the EB has made a redistributive value judgment that our most junior lawyers are more deserving of the extra money than the senior ones.

Last week, [E.] wrote to [R.] and acknowledged that a 11-9 majority chose to first decide and then withhold this issue from the membership on the ground that union democracy on this question would be too “‘divisive” and if we don’t like it, “we can throw the bums out.”  Fair enough, but the problem is that it is a secret who the eleven are.  Maybe the eleven people who made this decision for everyone else could have the integrity and courage to step up and tell us who you are?  If you eleven believe that your actions were righteous, then own up to them and explain yourselves.

Finally, and I apologize for the length of this, but it is far from clear that the EB’s action is consistent with the UAW Constitution, which does not contain an EB structure, favoring instead open meetings.  If I remember correctly from the time of affiliation, I thought the EB’s actions were only constitutional to the extent they were ratified by the JC.  Can the EB even call for and structure a vote of the membership on its own?  So, in dispensing with our customary open process, the EB may be opening itself up, most unnecessarily, to a grievance on this matter with our parent union.

Thanks in advance for considering, or even ignoring, my views, as the case may be.

 

________________________________________

From: [M.]

Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 6:59 AM

To: MEMBERS

Subject: RE: Schedule of Union Meetings

George-

You mentioned in the original e-mail announcing the EB’s action that part of the money is a transition payment in connection with the payroll change and part of the money is savings from Oxford.  To get a handle on what people are talking about, what is the total pie at issue?

How much is payroll transition money?

How much is health care savings?

Was expert accounting advice sought?

Whose idea/motion was it to transfer some of the money from the senior steps to the junior ones?

What was the vote?

Why wasn’t notice given to the membership of this proposed action?

Was legal advice sought on whether the EB even has the authority to do this?

Thanks in advance for the info,

________________________________________

From: Albro, George

Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2011 6:13 PM

To: ALAA MEMBERS

Subject: Schedule of Union Meetings

Here is the list of ALAA meetings to discuss the payroll change issue, to be voted on Dec. 6th by the membership:

Nov. 21    1 PM    Manhattan CDP

Nov. 28    1 PM    199 Water Street (all members)

Nov. 28    4 PM    HCLO

Nov. 29    1 PM    Bronx CDP

Nov. 29    4 PM    Bronx Civil

Nov. 30    1 PM    Staten Island (all Divisions)

Dec. 1      1 PM    Bklyn JRP, BNO, BOFTA

Dec. 2      1 PM    Queens JRP

Dec. 5      1 PM    Queens CDP and Civil

Please call (212-343-0708) or write to schedule the remaining offices. Thanks.

George

November 21, 2011

2011.11.21: 5 p.m. Today: Rally In Support of the Egyptian Revolution

Filed under: International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 3:37 pm

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 3:37 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 5 p.m. Today: Rally In Support of the Egyptian Revolution

Tonight 11/21/2011: Rally In Support of the Egyptian Revolution for Freedom from Military Rule:

Tonight at 5pm At the Egyptian Consulate

Egyptian consulate, 58th St. and 2nd Avenue, 5 pm

2011.11.21: RE: Deja vu: Membership participation, lack of alternatives and 1199

From: Edwards, Lisa

Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 2:01 PM

To: ALAA MEMBERS

Subject: RE: Deja vu: Membership participation, lack of alternatives and 1199

Sisters and Brothers :

——————————————————————————–

In 2006 many people raised the issue of democratic process and the lack of alternatives presented when we had to vote on a contract.  The issue was raised again during this past ALAA election when members objected to a short campaign season that was waged via email as opposed to a public forum.  In fact, a member asked that this issue be placed on the agenda of the next JC or EB meeting after the election, yet we have not had a response.  I can’t remember when we last had a general membership meeting.  I agree with Antonia Codling,  [M], [R] and  [J].  I’m not sure how I plan to vote.  I haven’t reviewed all the various explanations in the emails, but the process itself remains a concern.  Will these concerns continue to be ignored.

I am also saddened that the only response to a question regarding  a bonus for 1199 was that they are negotiating separately.   The 1199 members  in my office have not heard of this proposal by management at all.  We are all struggling without a cost of living increase but we all know that they struggle even more.  We can rally for LSNY union members but not express any concern for our brothers and sisters in 1199 ??

See excerpts from my 2006 email below and you will understand why my subject line is deja vu.

—-Original Message—–

From: Lisa R. Edwards

Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 1:48 PM

To: ALAA MEMBERS

Subject: Why I’m Voting No

…..Our shop has repeatedly asked for a membership wide informational meeting to discuss the status of bargaining and then to discuss the proposed offer and then to discuss the “tweaked” language for the purpose of hearing various points of view in an open forum. The vote is tomorrow. It has not been postponed and the time for such a meeting has run out. ….

…. People ask what alternative do we have if we vote this contract down. Unfortunately we have never been presented with one. We have only been told that the ratification of this contract is our only alternative. We have not mobilized our members. We have not laid the foundation to explore any other alternative but the ratification of this insulting contract. …..

2011.11.21: RE: Questions about this extra day PLEASE READ!!!!

From: Codling, Antonia
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 11:26 AM
To: [REACTED]
Cc: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Questions about this extra day PLEASE READ!!!!

Dear Members,

I have been told that neither the Joint Council (“JC”) nor the Executive Board (“EB”) are scheduled to meet before 1/2012.  As such, the proposal the EB has thrust upon the members to vote upon on 12/6 really has been done in the most undemocratic, non-inclusive, ununion-like fashion. I know that there are several people who participated in their first EB meeting when this decision was made, and I don’t even assume any ill intent by any of the long-standing members of the EB who must know better. Nevertheless, I don’t believe the EB’s decision to recommend this proposal for a vote without informed input from our members was wise, proper or in keeping with our democratic traditions and principles or our bylaws.

Regardless of whether this vote is an issue that is outside of our K or part of the bargaining process, this bonus, if it is voted for, will indeed be considered when our next K is negotiated in the near future. In my experience, this is not how this Union has ever done bargaining — without absolutely any consultation whatsoever from its members. This proposal was put out and 2,000 emails later there is still not universal clarity. Even assuming we can all gain some clarity, we have no input on the question upon which we will vote.

If the reason why the EB and LAS have not begun bargaining for our next K is because LAS does not have any money, how is it that this $2 million proposal came about; If there really is no extra day of pay, what is the financial benefit to LAS for offering this $2 million? What “pot” of money is LAS using to fund this proposal?

Furthermore, how will accepting this proposal affect us in future negotiations — and if that is not known, why can’t this vote be delayed until after the JC meets to offer membership input; What is the state of LAS fiscal affairs — given all of the hiring LAS has done in the last 2 years, given all of the hiring that the Alternate providers have done, given the dire situation with legal services having to lay off people, and given the restraint on overtime OCA has been given — will LAS be threatening pink slips in the next fiscal year?

I have no personal preference on how this money gets paid out to our members — it’s not going into the base of our salaries, so in some way, we all lose, and so do those coming behind us.  However, it is of supreme importance to me that our members voices be heard and considered.

In view of the above, I make a motion that a meeting of the Joint Council be scheduled before 12/6.

November 20, 2011

2011.11.20: 11.20 OWS Report: Calling Occupy: Stand With Egypt

Filed under: International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 10:30 am
From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2011 8:51 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 11.20 OWS Report: Calling Occupy: Stand With Egypt

NYC Labor Against the War
11.20 Occupy Wall Street Report:

Calling Occupy: Stand With Egypt

Tahrir, Davis, Made in USA

– – – – – – – –
‘Our brothers and sisters in Egypt inspired us all with their courage over the past ten months. Without them, would we have seen the Occupy movement? How would our own struggles against austerity and cuts look without the model of the Egyptian revolution, and the knowledge that ordinary people can change the world?’
– – – – – – – –

http://menasolidaritynetwork.com/2011/11/20/egypt-appeal-for-international-solidarity-mobilisation/

November 20, 2011

A call for international solidarity with protests in Egypt

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are braving tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannon and live ammunition in demonstrations against the ruling military council in Egypt. By late on 20 November there were an estimated 100,000 in Tahrir Square according to eyewitness accounts and thousands protesting in every major city in Egypt. Their demands are clear: the downfall of Marshal Tantawi and Mubarak’s generals. As of Sunday 5 people at least had been killed and around 1000 injured.

The Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions issued a call on Saturday 19 November to its 1.4 million members in affiliated unions to join the protests in Tahrir.

Our brothers and sisters in Egypt inspired us all with their courage over the past ten months. Without them, would we have seen the Occupy movement? How would our own struggles against austerity and cuts look without the model of the Egyptian revolution, and the knowledge that ordinary people can change the world?

If you are organising a protest or a picket, particularly if you can mobilise support from the trade union movement in solidarity with the call from the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions, please let us know. We will list as many protests as we can on this page. Either leave a comment on this page or email menasolidarity@gmail.com. Send us pictures and we will publish them too.

Demonstrations organised worldwide in support of protests in Egypt against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Monday 21 November
Ireland, Egyptian Embassy in Dublin, 12 Clyde Road, Dublin 4, 5pm

UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm
Called by Egyptian activists in London, same time everyday this week:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132162413560088&notif_t=event_invite

Tuesday 22 November
UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm
Mobilisation for Trade Unionists and Students – bring your banners!

Wednesday 23 November
UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm

Thursday 24 November
UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm

Friday 25 November
UK, Egyptian Embassy in London, 26 South Street, W1K 1DW 5-7pm

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