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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Statement of Legal Services Staff Association and the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys Opposing the Premature and Dangerous Opening of New York City Courts

July 9, 2020 For immediate release The unions representing attorneys and legal workers providing civil legal services to New York City’s low-income residents condemn the Office of Court Administration’s (OCA’s) decision to resume in-person trials to evict tenants in Brooklyn Housing Court beginning on July 27th. Under OCA’s plan, tenants, attorneys, court officers, judges, and […]

Multi-Union Legal Services Statement In Opposition to the Reopening of Housing Court

July 6, 2020 We are unionized legal services unions and workers who represent tenants in New York City’s housing courts. Today, people of all walks of life are participating in a righteous uprising that demands an end to state-sanctioned violence against Black lives. In conjunction with this uprising, communities are renewing their demands for programs […]

Union’s Financial Proposal to LSNYC

June 18, 2020 It is imperative that we correct the inequalities in our step system. Our step system is systematically inequitable: it provides lower percentage increases at virtually each step to staff on the lower paid scales, and has a disparate racial impact. Under our current step system, a social worker moving from step 1 […]

Statement on the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

June 18, 2020 Legal Services Staff Association Local 2320 is relieved that the Supreme Court has repudiated the Trump administration’s racist and xenophobic ideology by ruling that ending the DACA program is unlawful, and that Trump’s actions in trying to end it were arbitrary and capricious. The decision affects 650,000 Americans who have called the […]

An Open Letter from the Legal Services Staff Association 2320 concerning Urooj Rahman

June 18, 2020 An Open Letter from the Legal Services Staff Association 2320: We are members of the Legal Services Staff Association 2320—a union representing secretaries, paralegals, receptionists, process servers, social workers, attorneys and other non-management employees of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) and Mobilization for Justice (MFJ). We serve low-income persons and communities throughout New […]

Union & LSNYC Reach Agreement on Covid Side Letter

7/14/2020 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: —————————————————- During the COVID-19 pandemic, given the uncertainty with regard to virus transmissibility and immunity and rapidly changing public health recommendations, the […]