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. […]

LSSA COVID Survey Results of LSNYC Union Members

November 2020 The Legal Services Staff Association represents 468 union members at Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). In August 2020 we surveyed our members to learn more about how COVID has impacted themselves and their families, and about their concerns regarding COVID and the workplace. Of our 468 LSNYC union members, 364 responded to our survey, […]

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 and 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, […]

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 […]

Supporting Black Lives & the Fight for Racial Justice

June 1, 2020 This weekend, cities across the United States erupted in protest to demand justice for the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans. The Legal Service Staff Association, UAW 2320, stands with black communities resisting oppression and demanding justice. We stand with black communities […]

Statement of Unionized Legal Workers in Support of the Tenants’ Movement

April 30, 2020 As legal services workers and as members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW 2325, the Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW 2320, 1199SEIU, and the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW 2320, we are witness to a historic crisis that is disproportionately affecting the most disadvantaged members of our society, […]

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Eviction Moratorium FAQ

April 7, 2020 EVICTION COURTS ARE CLOSED! NO LAWSUITS, NO EVICTIONS!  Haz clic aquí para Español  Para un PDF, aquí está en Español. PDF in English, click here.  кликните сюда для русского языка;  请单击此处获取简体中文的常见问题解答; דרוקט דא פאר אידיש; klike isit pou kreyòl Because the nature of the implementation is evolving, please keep checking back for updates. Last updated, 3/31/20 Created in partnership with our allies […]