LSSA Submits Comments on Public Charge Rule

The Legal Services Staff Association today submitted comments opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act “public charge” provision. Our submission included the following statement: The Legal Services Staff Association strongly oppose the proposed changes to the public charge rules. These proposed changes will cause uncertainty, inconsistency, and chaos in the adjudication […]

LSSA 2320 Statement on Amazon HQ2

The Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW 2320, is outraged and disappointed by New York City and State’s decision to give Amazon roughly $3 billion in incentives to locate one of its next centers in Long Island City. When cities allow a corporation to pit them against each other in a bidding war, the only entity […]

Union Testifies at Universal Access to Counsel Hearing

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, in the middle of the season’s first snowstorm, a coalition of unionized workers who represent and support tenants under the Universal Access Law testified at New York City’s Human Resources Administration’s Office of Civil Justice’s annual hearing on Universal Access to Counsel (UAC). Signed into law in July 2017, Universal Access […]

The 2018 Midterm Elections

On November 6th, 2018, the Democrats flipped the US House, restoring some semblance of checks and balances to our country. Here in New York State, three formerly Republican-held House seats flipped blue – Max Rose in New York City, and Antonio Delgado and Anthony Brindisi upstate. All three of those districts had gone for Trump […]

LSSA & ALAA Rally to Oppose Kavanaugh’s Nomination

The Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA), NOLSW/UAW 2320, along with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA), UAW 2325, held simultaneous rallies in all five New York City boroughs on October 4, 2018, to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. LSSA and ALAA members represent low-income New Yorkers in civil […]

Our Union Members Donate Their Time to Help Families in Detention

The UAW has profiled our members who will be traveling to Dilley Texas in December to represent families being held in immigration detention. The article (link here) reads: When help is needed in local neighborhoods or across the country, UAW members don’t hesitate to step up. That couldn’t be more true for legal services workers […]

Talking with Law Students about Working at a Unionized Organization

Our union attended the Fordham Public Interest Legal Career Reception on September 13, 2018 and spoke with law students about the benefits of working at a unionized organization. Most had never considered whether an employer was unionized to be a factor in their job search, and were excited to learn what a positive impact it could have […]

LSSA Statement on ICE

The Legal Services Staff Association, a unit of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW 2320, is a wall-to-wall union of non-profit workers who provide free legal services to low-income New Yorkers. We see first-hand every day how President Trump’s attacks on immigrants are harming and terrorizing our immigrant clients and colleagues. The latest […]

Staff of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A File with NLRB for Union Recognition

The staff of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (“Brooklyn A) filed a petition on Wednesday June 27th with the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) seeking a union election after Brooklyn A’s board and management failed to voluntarily recognize their employees’ decision to unionize. Brooklyn A is a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization that provides free legal services […]

Union Elects New Executive Committee

The Legal Services Staff Association is pleased to announce the election of its new Executive Committee: Sonja Shield was re-elected as President. M’Ral Broodie-Stewart, an education law attorney in LSNYC’s Staten Island program, was elected as LSNYC Vice President. Meaghan Whyte, a housing attorney at Mobilization for Justice (MFJ), was elected as MFJ Vice President. […]

LSSA Testifies Before NY City Council Committee on the Justice System

The Legal Services Staff Association was honored to be able to present the following testimony on March 12, 2018 to the New York City Council’s Committee on the Justice System: Thank you, Councilmember Lancman and the members of the Committee on the Justice System, for allowing LSSA to testify about our work with the City […]

MFJ Shop Settles Union Contract

Members of the Legal Services Staff Association’s Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) shop today voted to ratify a new three year contract to run from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020. Members will receive 2% salary increases in each year of the contract, up from MFJ’s initial proposal of 1% each year. MFJ agreed to […]

Our History

by present and past LSSA Presidents Sonja Shield, Jim Provost, and Gibb Surette Legal Services Workers Organize In 1972, Legal Services workers in New York City organized themselves as the Legal Services Staff Association. LSSA was determined from the very beginning to be a “wall to wall” union, with every union worker in every legal services […]

LSSA Resolution in Support of Puerto Rico

The Delegates Assembly of the Legal Services Staff Association has issued the following resolution in support of Puerto Rico:  Whereas Puerto Rico has suffered from catastrophic Hurricane Maria leaving residents without food, water, and electricity, and which has destroyed or heavily damaged homes, roads, and much of the island’s infrastructure; and Whereas prior to Hurricane […]

LSSA Resolution Opposing Islamophobia

The Delegates Assembly of the Legal Services Staff Association has issued the following resolution opposing Islamophobia:  Whereas it is in the labor movement’s interest to unite to defend our members and all communities from all forms of racism, xenophobia, and other forms of division, as well as violations of civil liberties, unlawful surveillance, and the […]

Letter Regarding DACA

The Delegates Assembly of the Legal Services Staff Association has sent the following letter to UAW International President Dennis Williams regarding DACA and the DREAM Act: [frame]October 4, 2017 Dear UAW President Dennis Williams, The Legal Services Staff Association, a unit of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW 2320, is a wall-to-wall union […]

Resolution in Support of Striking IBEW Local 3 Families

The Legal Services Staff Association has issued the following resolution in support of striking IBEW Local 3 Families: WHEREAS, in 2013, IBEW Local 3 reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable that was ratified and expired in April, 2017. The union has been working under an expired agreement and accused TWC and Charter of refusing […]