Union-LSNYC Covid-related agreements

LSNYC and the LSSA union are engaged in ongoing negotiations over policies for safeguarding the health of our staff, our families, and our clients, pursuant to our Covid-19 collective bargaining agreement side letter. Below you will find the agreements that we have negotiated. At the bottom of the page you will also find the commitments […]

Union & LSNYC Reach Agreement on Fully Voluntary RTO Pilot

July 20, 2021 For the period through September 30, 2021, we are commencing a new volunteer pilot project: Staff will work from LSNYC’s offices full or part-time on a voluntary basis, and will otherwise continue to be based at home during this period. DAs/Central Facilities Manager or designees will oversee office scheduling to ensure that […]

Statement by LSSA 2320 In Solidarity with the Palestinian People

We, the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) 2320,[1] a “wall-to-wall” union representing over 600 American legal workers, attorneys, and other non-management employees in New York City, stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, equality, and dignity. We vehemently condemn the Israeli government’s violent ethnic cleansing, illegal military occupation, and apartheid […]

Union’s Bargaining Demands on LSNYC

The Legal Services Staff Association union, NOLSW/UAW 2320, on Friday June 11, 2021 served bargaining demands on Legal Services NYC. The current union contract expires on June 30, 2021. Click here to download a copy of the union’s bargaining demands. To win these and our other demands we will need strong member support and solidarity. Members: […]

The Legal Services Staff Association in 2020

We fight for our clients and we fight for ourselves and our families. 2020 brought a global pandemic with devastating effects on our communities. The pandemic laid bare the structural racism of Housing Court and other institutions, and we fought to keep housing court closed and to prevent any evictions in the midst of a […]

LSSA Testimony in Support of NYC Public Banking Bills

Testimony by Christopher Fasano of Legal Services Staff Association, UAW Local 2320 and Mobilization for Justice, Inc. to the New York City Council Committee on Finance regarding Introductions 2099, 2100 and 2164, and Resolution 1600 April 28, 2021 Good morning Chair Dromm and Members of the Committee. My name is Christopher Fasano. I am a […]

Duante Wright

Yesterday the world woke up to yet another brutal execution of a young Black man by the police, this time during a pretextual car stop. My heart goes out to our Black union members who today like so many other days are trying valiantly to put one foot in front of the other and take […]

Mobilization for Justice, Inc. Employees Ratify New Contract

Historic Contract Furthers the Union’s Demands for Pay Equity for Non-Attorney Workers, COVID-19 Office Safety Plan, Permanent Remote Work Policies, and Fair Wage Increases for All Staff NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The unionized staff of Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) voted Friday, February 26, 2021, to ratify a new three-year contract to run from January […]

Mobilization for Justice, Inc. Employees Declare One-Day Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Mobilization for Justice, Inc. Employees Declare One-Day Strike Employees Demand Pay Equity for Non-Attorney Workers, a Sensible Work from Home Policy, and a Contract That Recognizes the Value and Experience of All Employees. February 9, 2021, New York, New York – The unionized employees of Mobilization for Justice, […]

Unprecedented Times: A Work-From-Home Chronicle

Introducing UNPRECEDENTED TIMES Vol.1! As part of contract negotiations, our MFJ shop has demanded that Mobilization for Justice adopt sensible, permanent work-from-home policies. However, MFJ management refused because they seem to believe our union members aren’t productive outside the office. So we are chronicling unionized staff’s high-quality work (from home) over the last year.

NYC City Council Progressive Caucus to MFJ Management: Sever Ties with Jones Day

Thank you to the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council and Councilmember Ben Kallos for supporting our union and our MFJ shop by sending a powerful letter to the Mobilization for Justice Board and executive leadership. MFJ’s relationship with the Jones Day law firm (“Trump’s favorite law firm”) is hypocritical and indefensible. MFJ: […]

Union-LSNYC Agreements for Ensuring Safe Office Visits

LSNYC management and the Legal Services Staff Association union have been negotiating through the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of staff, clients, and our families. This flyer summarizes some of the key provisions we have negotiated to keep those coming to LSNYC offices as safe as possible.

Union & LSNYC Reach Agreement on Volunteer Pilot Project for Out-of-Home Work Assignments

12/23/2020 The Legal Services Staff Association and Legal Services NYC have reached agreement on a volunteer pilot project for out-of-home work assignments. The union’s Volunteer Pilot Project graphic at right summarizes the main provisions of the agreement. The full text of the agreement is as follows: —————————————————- Out-of-Home Work Assignments: Interim Pilot Collaboration (12/23/20-1/31/21) Extended to […]

Union & LSNYC Reach Agreement on Office Screening Procedures for Staff, Clients, & other Visitors

12/18/2020 The Legal Services Staff Association and Legal Services NYC have reached agreement on office screening procedures for staff, clients, and other visitors. The text of the agreement is as follows: —————————————————- Office Screening Procedures for Staff, Clients and Other Visitors (12/18/2020) Management is currently developing a procedure and mechanism to pre-screen anyone (staff and […]

MFJ Shop Statement on Mobilization for Justice’s Relationship with Jones Day

The below letter was sent on November 30, 2020 via email to Tiffany Liston, Esq., MFJ Interim Executive Director, and the MFJ Board of Directors. Click here to download a pdf.   RE:     MOBILIZATION FOR JUSTICE’S RELATIONSHIP WITH JONES DAY The staff union of Mobilization for Justice, Inc. (“MFJ”), part of the Legal Services […]

Legal Fellows at LSNYC Miscategorized as Temporary Employees, Should Be Permanent

Law students seeking legal fellowships at LSNYC should be aware of potential miscategorization of their employment. Our union has repeatedly found LSNYC to incorrectly categorize legal fellows as temporary employees rather than permanent employees. This has happened in particular to legal fellows on payroll at the LSNYC Central office. Under section 3.1 of the LSNYC […]

Union & LSNYC Reach Agreement on Covid Sick Leave Policy & Contract Tracing Policy

11/16/2020 The Legal Services Staff Association and Legal Services NYC have reached agreement on a Covid sick leave policy and a contract tracing policy. The text of the agreements are as follows: —————————————————- Covid Sick Leave Policy (11/16/2020) For staff who have Covid: covered by Covid Sick Leave during the time they are actually ill. […]

Union & LSNYC Reach Agreement on Childcare, Eldercare, and Transportation Supports for In-Person Appearances and Virtual Proceedings

10/23/2020 The Legal Services Staff Association and Legal Services NYC have reached agreement on a bargaining process for issues related to Covid health and safety. The text of the agreement is as follows: —————————————————- Childcare, Eldercare, and Transportation Supports for In-Person Appearances and Virtual Proceedings (10/23/2020) This section describes childcare, eldercare, and transportation reimbursements. Until […]

Union’s Proposal on Court Appearances & Other Out-of-Home Work Obligations

September 2, 2020 The union’s Covid committee puts forward the following proposal regarding court appearances and other out-of-home work obligations, in response to LSNYC management’s proposal of age-and health-related exemptions. For over 50 years, our organization and our union members have been dedicated to challenging systemic injustices that our clients face. To protect ourselves, our […]

LSSA Testimony to NYS Senate Hearing on Courts & Covid

LSSA Union President Sonja Shield testified before the New York State Senate’s Judiciary, Codes and Housing, Construction and Community Development Committees’ August 21, 2020 Joint Public Hearing on the Unified Court System and COVID-19. Watch here: The below testimony was submitted to the New York State Senate’s Judiciary, Codes and Housing, Construction and Community Development […]

Upcoming LSNYC Member Contract Ratification Vote

LSNYC members will be meeting to discuss and vote on the package of contract changes on Thursday July 23rd beginning at 10am. A meeting link and secure individualized voting links will be sent to your personal email. If you did not receive it, please email the administrator at: lssa at lssa2320.org. You can review the […]