Looking Back on 2015, and Ahead to 2016

December 31, 2015 What a year! 2015 began with our MFY members out on strike during the coldest weeks of the winter. We weren’t deterred by the frigid temperatures or MFY management’s chilly responses — we negotiated and picketed until we achieved a successful contract that respects the experience and dedication of paralegals and administrative support […]

Retirement of Founding Member Una Perkins

December 31, 2015 Congratulations to union member Una Perkins, who today retires from MFY after 46 years of employment. Una was a founding member of our union in 1972, and has been a paralegal at MFY since 1969. Among her many other notable accomplishments, she represented John Kelly, of Goldberg v. Kelly, the Supreme Court […]

Favorable Ruling in MFY Arbitration

December 18, 2015 A neutral arbitrator this week ruled that MFY was wrong in categorizing their Assistant Controller as a management position. The arbitrator ruled that the Assistant Controller position should instead be included in the union. In February 2015, MFY hired a staff member in the newly created position of Assistant Controller. The MFY […]

Hardship Materials Added to Website

December 11, 2015 Our hardship committee took care of us during our strikes. When our members needed help paying things like rent and utility bills, the members of our hardship committee were the ones who evaluated and processed their applications, all while making sure that our members’ confidentiality were preserved. To do this, they came […]

Executive Committee Attends Arbitration Training

December 3, 2015 We’re polishing our arbitration chops! Our union’s Executive Committee spent the day getting trained in labor law and arbitration so we’ve got the skills we need to represent our members.

Large Turnout at Delegate Training

November 6, 2015 Almost thirty delegates and prospective delegates turned out last week for our annual all-day delegate training. We had an extremely lively discussion as we talked through various ways of handling disputes and protecting the rights of our shop members.

Union Softball Team Nets Second Place Finish in League

October 30, 2015 Our union softball team ended the season with a strong second place finish in our league. Congrats to our team! Last weekend were the playoffs. We won our first game against the Flamingos 10-7. This was a hard fought game. We were up 5-0 when the Flamingos scored 4 in the bottom of […]

Judy Lakoff Memorial

October 25, 2015 A memorial for LSSA 2320 alum Judy Lacoff was held on Sunday, October 25, at the Teamsters Local 237 meeting hall, 216 West 14th Street in Manhattan. Judy was a long-time union member, first with our MFY shop at their 10th Avenue location, then with Manhattan Legal Services at the John Street […]

Senior Staff Action was a Rousing Success

October 16, 2015 Union members turned out in force for an action in support of our long-term staff at Tuesday’s LSNYC Board meeting. Upwards of 60 union members surprised the Board, interrupting the board meeting with chants to “Respect senior staff – reinstate Bill.” A new staff member then read a statement on behalf of […]

Announcing our New Pocket Guides to the Union!

October 15, 2015 New to the union? Wondering how to get involved, and what benefits and protections the union provides? Wait no longer! Our brand new pocket guides to our union are here, and will be in your offices — and in your hands — next week.

LSNYC Members Ratify New Contract

January 30, 2015 LSNYC members of the Legal Services Staff Association today voted to ratify a new three year contract. Significant aspects of the newly ratified agreement include: Raises to the Wage Scale Year 1:  4% to step 21, with 4.25% at step 25 and 4.5% at step 30 Year 2:  2.25% across the board Year 3:  2% across […]