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 […]

Members Ratify New Three Year Contract with LSNYC

The 400+ members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) working at Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) voted on February 13, 2018 to ratify a new union contract. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2017 and will run for three years. Union and management negotiated salary increases of 3% retroactive to July 1, 2017, 2% […]

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 […]

Solidarity with Striking Teamsters

Our union is proud to have acted in solidarity with Teamsters Local 814, which represents about 40 drivers, helpers, and warehouse workers who were locked out on July 5th and replaced with cheap subcontractors after Waldner’s refused to negotiate a new contract for months. Local 814 members have since been picketing Waldner’s clients, asking them to drop […]


The terrorism that came to the streets of Charlottesville this weekend was sickening and grotesque. The racism and violence slung proudly by white nationalists and Nazis should have no place here. Yet we know what happened in Charlottesville was not an isolated incident. The racists who stalked and killed black people during slavery, Reconstruction, and […]

After the Election, the Path Forward

As union members who have dedicated our careers to providing free legal services to low-income New Yorkers, we are devastated by the election of Donald Trump, a man whose open hostility toward immigrants, racial minorities, and women make him singularly unqualified to be President. He poses a unique threat to our country, our clients, and […]

Reporting from New Hampshire

Our union traveled to New Hampshire to participate in the UAW’s New Hampshire Primary Educational Program. We were there with almost 70 other UAW members from Region 9A of the UAW, which covers eastern New York, New England, and Puerto Rico. Our union has members who work at Foxwoods Casino, build giant submarines and auto parts, […]

LSSA Announces Political Priorities

The Legal Services Staff Association, UAW/NOLSW 2320, is a union of progressive workers. We represent the non-management employees of Legal Services NYC and MFY, two New York City nonprofits that provide free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. As workers, we help secure New York City as a vibrant and diverse home for working […]

LSSA Elects New President, Executive Committee

Members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) are pleased to announce that Sonja Shield, a longtime member of the union, has been elected as President of the unit. Today marks Sonja’s first full day in office. Sonja takes the reins from Amy Hammersmith, who was elected President in the fall of 2013 following a successful 6-week strike […]

Love Wins! LSSA Celebrates Marriage Equality

Legal Services NYC (“LSNYC”), the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income people in the United States, and the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA/UAW 2320), representing employees of LSNYC and of MFY Legal Services, celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic decision establishing marriage equality as the law of the land. Marriage, and the security […]

MFY Contract Resolved, Strike Ends

After a tremendous show of solidarity, and several weeks of record-breaking cold, on February 24th the union members of MFY ratified the tentative agreement reached with management late in the night of February 23rd. We thank everyone for their support. We won a contract that ensures our clients will be served by experienced staff, that […]

Strike Update, Feb. 22, 2015

This update responds to a letter by MFY Legal Services’ (“MFY”) Executive Director, Jeanette Zelhof, addressed to the New York Law Journal (the “NYLJ”) and distributed by MFY to a listserv for New York tenant advocates on February 20, 2015.  While professing respect for MFY’s unionized staff, Zelhof dismisses the concerns that led us to strike […]

Over 100 Rally on Twentieth Day of MFY Union Staff Strike

Over 100 MFY strikers and supporters braved tonight’s bone-chilling temperatures to demand that MFY’s management sit down and negotiate a fair contract. [youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_khVm7pIYA” width=”400″ height=”240″] The unionized staff of MFY and LSSA 2320 are greatly grateful to all of you who shivered with us in solidarity and made tonight a success. Thanks, in alphabetical […]

Thank You for Your Solidarity from MFY Union Staff!

The unionized staff of MFY Legal Services wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the following elected representatives, legal community allies, labor community allies, musical ruckus-causing community allies, and, of course, family and friends, for braving the polar temperatures yesterday night to lend us your solidarity in our fight for a fair contract. State Senator […]

MFY Legal Services Employees Declare a Strike

Employees Demand Equity for Lowest Paid Workers, Parental Leave, and a Fair Contract That Will Ensure Quality Legal Services for Low-Income New Yorkers January 30, 2015, New York, NY – Today the unionized employees of MFY Legal Services, Inc. (MFY) rejected management’s contract proposal and declared a strike. The 56 attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, and other professionals […]

Deadline in Two Days, Union Asks LSNYC Board for Fair Offer

The Legal Services Staff Association bargaining team for the Legal Services NYC union staff addressed the Legal Services NYC Board of Directors two days before the deadline for a contract offer. LSSA President Amy Hammersmith addressed the union’s demand for fair wages that compensate members for the lack of raises in the last contract. “In […]

LSNYC Vows to Repeat Past Mistakes

Repeating its missteps from the 2013 strike, LSNYC has again threatened to terminate its employees’ health insurance if we go on strike on January 30th. In response, the following letter was delivered on January 12th to LSNYC management’s bargaining team. Dear Raun, On Friday, you informed us that you intend to terminate terminate union members’ health […]