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MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
The Legal Aid Society (LAS) and the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA) hereby
agree to the following contract modification which shall supersede all prior memoranda
of understanding, contractual provisions, and/or practices to the contrary:
The term of the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be extended through September
Effective April 1, 2015 all staff attorneys will receive a cost of living adjustment (COLA)
equivalent to 2.5~ of their base salary and be paid in accordance with the salary: step
schedule listed under “Effective 4/1/2015” in Exhibit A ..
Effective October 1. 2015 all staff attorneys will be paid in accordance with the salary
step schedule listed under “Effective 1 0/1/2015” in Exhibit A
Within thirtY (30) days of ratification. The Legal Aid Society will implement the
retroactive salary increases set forth in the preceding two paragraphs for each Staff,
Attorney in active status at that time. For each Staff Attorney who is on an authorized
leave when the Society implements the retroactive salary increases at the levels set
forth in Exhibit A, the Society will make retroactive salary adjustments, if any are
required, within thirty (30) days of the Staff Attorney’s return from authorized leave. In
accordance with the Society’s salary payroll procedures, retroactive salary increases
are subject to applicable payroll deductions and are pensionable.
Effective upon ratification, paid pare~.ntalleave will increase from 8 weeks to 12 weeks.
This will apply to all leaves where the triggering event occurs on or after the date of
The Legal Aid Society will fund a one time early retirement offering for up to ten staff
attorneys who are on active payroll status and: a) have at least 20 years of service as of
December 31, 2015; b) are 60 years of age or older as of December 31, 2015; and
c) submit a written application for the early retirement program on or before December
31, 2015 and thereby agree to retire from The Legal Aid Society effective as of the close
of business on January 31, 2016. Each attorney accepting this offer will receive a onetime
payment of $50,000, which is subject to any applicable payroll deductions. If more
than ten eligible staff attorneys apply for this benefit, it will be given based on seniority.
The Legal Aid Society will allow a one-time “buy-back” opportunity for those attorneys
with pre-2005 “frozen” comp days. LAS will allow those attorneys to cash in up to 5
days per eligible attorney for a total amount up to $250,000. If requests exceed
$250,000, the amount paid per attorney and the number of days cashed in will be prorated
Staff attorneys in the Staten Island Criminal Office will be allowed to participate in an
annual buy-back of up to 2 vacation days as described below:
They may elect to be paid for up to two vacation days iftheir annual co.mp buy-back in
the preceding fiscal year was for three days or less. They may elect to be paid for one
vacation day if their annual camp buy–back in the preceding fiscal year was for four
days or less. An attorney whose annual camp buy-back in the preceding fiscal year
was for five or more days will not be eligible for vacation buy-back.
Staff attorneys in the Community Justice Unit will be permitted to earn camp time for
institutional assignments performed beyond the normal workday of 9 am to 5 pm.
A committee will be formed to explore how staff can participate in manager evaluations.
Each practice will create at least one rotator position for their special litigation/law
reform unit (if applicable) that will allow current staff attorneys to join the unit for a period
of two years.
CBA section 4.3.1 .3 will be amended to include the following language:
The Society will provide the reports of said monitoring to a union representative on a
monthly basis, or provide access to this information at any time on Law Manager, or
other technology used for this purpose.
Management will create a committee to explore the feasibility, cost and potential liability
issues regarding the provision of childcare services or a childcare subsidy.
Each practice will provide at least one comprehensive (8 hours or more) training/CLE
per year, targeted toward experienced staff, addressing issues relevant to their practice.
CBA section 3.13 shall be amended as follows:
There will be a joint Union–Management committee to study the financial and other
issues of retaining senior Staff Attorneys above step 13. Said committee shall provide
findings to both ALAA and Management at least once per calendar year.
Dated: October \4 , 2015
The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys
I1I•._~,•. THE LEGAL
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys
UA W Local2325, AFL-CIO
New York, New York I 0004
October 9, 2015
This is to confirm the following agreement among the parties:
With regard to employee benefits, effective January I, 2016:
199 Water Street
New York, NY I 0038
r (212) sn-JJOO
Oirecl Dial: (212) 577-3646
Direct Fax: (646) 616-4646
Richard J. Davis
ChDirperson of the Board
Blaine (Fin) V. Fogg
Seymour W. James, Jr.
The Society will offer a dental plan through United HealthCare with a higher level
of benefits than the current plan.
The Society will offer a new vision plan with a higher level of benefits and a larger
network than the current plan.
Descriptions of the updated dental and vision plans are forthcoming.
The health insurance available through Oxford will include transgender health
benefits. The description of these benefits is currently being finalized by Oxford.
The lifetime maximwn for IVF treatments will increase from $10,000 to $25,000.
Oxford health coverage will be available to domestic partners of the opposite sex.
The Society will provide the opportunity to purchase supplemental disability insurance and
long term care insurance at the employee’s expense at some time during the contract year.
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ALAA SALARY SCALE Exhibit A
STEP Proposed Contract Proposed Contract
2.5% at all stegs
Effective 41112015 Effective 10/112015
LG 51.250 51,250
1 56.375 60,000
2 58.425 61.000
3 60,475 62.000
4 64,635 64.635
6 67.151 67,151
8 72.101 72.101
7 76.244 75.500
8 78.063 78,500
9 80,695 81,000
10 86.279 86,279
11 91.629 91,629
12 96,642 95,642
13 100,868 100.868
14 101,499 101,688
15 102.131 102.468
16 102.761 103.268
17 103.391 104.088
18 104,021 104,868
19 104,651 105.688
20 105.283 106,468
21 106.913 107.268
22 108.544 108,088
23 107.173 108.868
24 107.804 109,688
25 ·1o9.4Ef1 · 11·0.4118
26 109.563 110.571
27 109.666 110.674
28 109,768 11o.m
29 109.871 110.880
30 112.818 112.818
36 113,331 113,331