Staff of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A Demand Union Recognition

The staff of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (“Brooklyn A”) met with members of Brooklyn A’s management the morning of June 15, 2018 to formally demand union recognition. Brooklyn A is a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization providing free legal services in the areas of housing, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, and community economic development. For almost fifty years, […]

Members Ratify New Three Year Contract with LSNYC

The 400+ members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) working at Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) voted on February 13, 2018 to ratify a new union contract. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2017 and will run for three years. Union and management negotiated salary increases of 3% retroactive to July 1, 2017, 2% […]

Solidarity with Striking Teamsters

Our union is proud to have acted in solidarity with Teamsters Local 814, which represents about 40 drivers, helpers, and warehouse workers who were locked out on July 5th and replaced with cheap subcontractors after Waldner’s refused to negotiate a new contract for months. Local 814 members have since been picketing Waldner’s clients, asking them to drop […]

Charlottesville

The terrorism that came to the streets of Charlottesville this weekend was sickening and grotesque. The racism and violence slung proudly by white nationalists and Nazis should have no place here. Yet we know what happened in Charlottesville was not an isolated incident. The racists who stalked and killed black people during slavery, Reconstruction, and […]

After the Election, the Path Forward

As union members who have dedicated our careers to providing free legal services to low-income New Yorkers, we are devastated by the election of Donald Trump, a man whose open hostility toward immigrants, racial minorities, and women make him singularly unqualified to be President. He poses a unique threat to our country, our clients, and […]

Reporting from New Hampshire

Our union traveled to New Hampshire to participate in the UAW’s New Hampshire Primary Educational Program. We were there with almost 70 other UAW members from Region 9A of the UAW, which covers eastern New York, New England, and Puerto Rico. Our union has members who work at Foxwoods Casino, build giant submarines and auto parts, […]

LSSA Announces Political Priorities

The Legal Services Staff Association, UAW/NOLSW 2320, is a union of progressive workers. We represent the non-management employees of Legal Services NYC and MFY, two New York City nonprofits that provide free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. As workers, we help secure New York City as a vibrant and diverse home for working […]

LSSA Elects New President, Executive Committee

Members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) are pleased to announce that Sonja Shield, a longtime member of the union, has been elected as President of the unit. Today marks Sonja’s first full day in office. Sonja takes the reins from Amy Hammersmith, who was elected President in the fall of 2013 following a successful 6-week strike […]

Love Wins! LSSA Celebrates Marriage Equality

Legal Services NYC (“LSNYC”), the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income people in the United States, and the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA/UAW 2320), representing employees of LSNYC and of MFY Legal Services, celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic decision establishing marriage equality as the law of the land. Marriage, and the security […]

MFY Contract Resolved, Strike Ends

After a tremendous show of solidarity, and several weeks of record-breaking cold, on February 24th the union members of MFY ratified the tentative agreement reached with management late in the night of February 23rd. We thank everyone for their support. We won a contract that ensures our clients will be served by experienced staff, that […]

Strike Update, Feb. 22, 2015

This update responds to a letter by MFY Legal Services’ (“MFY”) Executive Director, Jeanette Zelhof, addressed to the New York Law Journal (the “NYLJ”) and distributed by MFY to a listserv for New York tenant advocates on February 20, 2015.  While professing respect for MFY’s unionized staff, Zelhof dismisses the concerns that led us to strike […]

MFY Legal Services Employees Declare a Strike

Employees Demand Equity for Lowest Paid Workers, Parental Leave, and a Fair Contract That Will Ensure Quality Legal Services for Low-Income New Yorkers January 30, 2015, New York, NY – Today the unionized employees of MFY Legal Services, Inc. (MFY) rejected management’s contract proposal and declared a strike. The 56 attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, and other professionals […]

Deadline in Two Days, Union Asks LSNYC Board for Fair Offer

The Legal Services Staff Association bargaining team for the Legal Services NYC union staff addressed the Legal Services NYC Board of Directors two days before the deadline for a contract offer. LSSA President Amy Hammersmith addressed the union’s demand for fair wages that compensate members for the lack of raises in the last contract. “In […]

LSNYC Vows to Repeat Past Mistakes

Repeating its missteps from the 2013 strike, LSNYC has again threatened to terminate its employees’ health insurance if we go on strike on January 30th. In response, the following letter was delivered on January 12th to LSNYC management’s bargaining team. Dear Raun, On Friday, you informed us that you intend to terminate terminate union members’ health […]

Demanding Justice for Eric Garner

The Legal Services Staff Association (“LSSA”) shares the disappointment and outrage felt by the family of Eric Garner, other advocates and organizations, and communities across the nation regarding the failure of the District Attorney in Staten Island to obtain an indictment for the killing of Eric Garner by officers of the NYPD. The lack of […]

Union Confronts LSNYC Over Loss of $1.27 Million

The union’s Executive Committee has written to the Board of Legal Services NYC to convey the union’s disappointment with LSNYC’s upper level management for needlessly forcing the union out on strike in 2013, and then losing $1.27 million dollars in federal Legal Services Corporation funding as a result. The union is calling for the Board […]

These Workers Will Amaze You

Legal Services NYC pushed over 200 of our union members out on strike in the summer of 2013. LSNYC pled poverty. We agreed to come back to work without cost of living increases. Management was all, score! Turns out they had almost 6 million extra sitting in the bank, unspent. LSNYC “found” the money in […]

LSNYC & MFY Units Set Strike Deadline

The union members of Legal Services NYC and MFY met on November 19th and set a strike deadline of January 30, 2015. On that date, the union members of both organizations will meet to discuss and vote on management’s January 15, 2015 offer. At that point, union members would then have had two weeks to […]

Union Presents at LSNYC October Board Meeting

The Legal Services Staff Association made a presentation to the Legal Services NYC Board at their October 14, 2014 meeting. Union President Amy Hammersmith addressed contract negotiations, the need for a significant raise to pace with the cost of living, and the union’s recent call for a union-management discussion about hiring. The union and LSNYC […]

LSNYC Management on Hiring Spree

The Legal Services Staff Association is gravely concerned about the massive hiring spree occurring at Legal Services NYC.  This spree follows on the heels of management’s prior pleas of financial crisis, which led union staff to agree to significant health care and salary concessions in our last contract. In August 2014 alone, LSNYC management created […]

Labor Day Parade 2014

We’re proud to be leading the 2014 NYC Labor Day Parade with our UAW brothers and sisters on Saturday, September 6th! And we’re especially excited that the fast food workers will be marching up front with us. They have our full support and solidarity as they fight for living wages and safe working conditions. We […]

We Went Out on Strike One Year Ago Today

On May 15, 2013, we the unionized employees of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract offer which asked us to give back some piece of almost every benefit we had. One year ago today, we walked off our jobs and into the streets. Secretaries, receptionists, intake officers, attorneys, financial services staff, tech […]

A Big Win for our Staten Island Shop

The Legal Services Staff Association is happy to announce the resolution of two grievances centered around abuse of the temporary employment status in our Staten Island office. Last summer, thirteen of the twenty-one bargaining unit employees in Staten Island (62%!) were classified as temporary workers. This meant they had no job protection and an uncertain […]