Proposed Change to Calculation of Delegates
Article VI – Delegates Assembly
The Delegate Assembly shall be the governing body of the organization. The Assembly shall consist of the officers of the organization and the representatives from each program, which shall include at least one legal worker and one attorney. The members of each program shall be the shop.
The shop shall elect attorney and legal worker delegates with parity except that, upon good cause shown concerning a skew in the ratio of attorneys or legal workers in a program, the DA may permit an attorney delegate position to be occupied by a legal worker or vice versa. The shop shall also elect at least one attorney alternate-delegate and at least one legal worker alternate delegate who shall not normally vote but who, as needed, may vote in place of the regular delegate. The shop may also elect co-alternate additional delegates as needed in order to respond to needs within the shop. Shops are urged to elect delegates sufficient to ensure a ratio of no more than 10 shop members per delegate in each location. Programs with members on different floors or offices are strongly encouraged to allocate their voting delegates and/or alternates by location and in such a manner as to make it easier for members to meet with a delegate. Delegates should be elected out of voting order to the extent that this helps ensure representation at each physical location with at least three members.
Delegates shall be elected by a majority vote of members of LSSA in each program and shall serve a term of one year. The names of the people so elected shall be submitted to the President within ten (10) days of the annual meeting of LSSA and within ten (10) days of any vote by the members of the program to replace a delegate or fill a vacancy.
Section 2 Semi-Proportional Representation
Programs with less than 20 shop members 10% or less of our total membership shall have two votes at the Delegates Assembly voting delegates. Programs with 20 to 39 shop members less than 20% but more than 10% of our total membership shall have four votes voting delegates. Programs with 40 or more shop members 20% or more of our total membership shall have six votes voting delegates. Programs with members on different floors or offices are strongly encouraged to allocate their voting delegates and/or alternates by location and in such a manner as to make it easier for members to meet with a delegate. Delegates should be elected out of voting order to the extent that this helps ensure representation at each physical location with at least three members.
Section 4 DELETE, REDUNDENT OF SECTION 1, RENAME SECTION 5
The Delegate Assembly shall be the governing body of the organization. The Assembly shall consist of the officers of the organization and two representatives from each office, one legal worker and one attorney. Delegates shall be elected by a majority vote of members of LSSA in each office and shall serve a term of one year. The names of the people so elected shall be submitted to the President within ten (10) days of the annual meeting of LSSA and their term shall begin on the first day of the month following the annual meeting.
Bylaw changes to reflect hardship fund change made in December 2018
Article V, Section 2: The LSSA Hardship Fund shall be funded to reach or exceed LSSA’s target minimum which shall be the amount predicted to be sufficient to support the needs of the predicted size of the LSSA membership in the event of a strike. A minimum of fifty-five percent (55%) of all dues rebated to LSSA by NOLSW shall be placed in the LSSA Hardship Fund until the fund reaches the target minimum. After a target minimum is met and while it is kept or exceeded, a minimum of thirty percent (30%) of all dues rebated to LSSA by NOLSW shall be placed in the LSSA Hardship Fund. The target minimum shall not be less than $400,000. The target minimum for 2018 is set at $800,000. Future target minimums shall be based on projections of membership numbers and projections of hardship requirements, and shall be reviewed, and adjusted as needed, at least once every three years by the Delegates Assembly. On December 5, 2018, the Delegates Assembly reviewed the projections of membership numbers and hardship requirements and voted to adjust the target minimum to $1,000,000 by December 31, 2020.
Amend bylaws to incorporate good government change made by delegates
Article V, Section 5: Any and all drafts, checks, instruments or orders for the payment of money drawn against any of the accounts of LSSA must bear the signature of two (2) members of the Executive Committee, at least one of whom must be an officer of the Union. No union member shall be a signatory on a check for which they are the payee.
Amend references to “LSNY” to “LSNYC” and “MFY” to “Mobilization for Justice” or “MFJ” throughout.
Proposed Change to Process for Selecting LSNYC Bargaining Team Members
Article XIII – Collective Bargaining
Section 1 Bargaining Committees
(A) Collective bargaining with LSNYC shall be conducted by a bargaining committee of seven (7) to nine (9) members including the President and at least six (6) members appointed by the Delegates from the LSNYC bargaining unit. Each LSNYC shop and the EC shall have the right to nominate one (1) members of their shop to serve on the committee. At least three (3) members of the committee shall be legal workers and at least three (3) members shall be attorneys. At a DA meeting following appointment of the above seven members, the Delegates shall review the makeup of the committee and, if warranted, add an eighth and/or ninth bargaining unit member with experience as a past bargaining committee member or current or past LSSA officer. One attorney alternate and one legal worker alternate may be appointed in an advisory capacity and may participate in all discussions and then become a voting member upon a respective vacancy. Prior to any of appointment, the Delegates will discuss bargaining goals, attorney/non-attorney parity, inclusiveness, useful skills, bargaining experience, and other important committee member qualities. The NOLSW president may be added by the committee to serve in an advisory capacity.