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National Lawyers Guild-NYC Chapter supports Legal Services Staff Association in Workplace Rights

The New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG-NYC) stands in solidarity with the employees of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) in their struggle to preserve their health insurance, income, and workplace rights.

LSNYC management is attempting to drastically cut back health care benefits, which would result in employees spending out of pocket $6,000 a year in order for a family to have the same level of coverage as presently provided.  Additionally, management is proposing that it be able to pass along further health care costs to employees, during the middle of contract periods.  Meanwhile, management has proposed a shockingly low 1% increase in salary, well below inflation, which would result in an actual decrease in pay.  In its punitive approach to its workforce, management has proposed a number of changes to the disciplinary system that would make it more difficult for employees to protect themselves if targeted for discipline.

The NLG-NYC calls on its members to contact LSNYC management by contacting Jeanne Perry, Chief of Operations (jperry@ls-nyc.org, 646-442-3588) to voice their outrage at management’s anti-workers bargaining stance and in support the union’s demands for a fair contract.

“There is no question, that if the intransigence and unfairness of Legal Services NYC’s management leads to a strike,” said Daniel Meyers, President of the NLG-NYC, “the NLG-NYC will mobilize its members and friends to proactively support the union.”

The Legal Services Staff Association (NOLS/UAW Local 2320) represents the attorneys, paralegals, social workers and support staff at Legal Services-NYC the largest provider of free civil legal representation to low income persons in the country.  They work on behalf of vulnerable families and individuals, practicing in areas including eviction and foreclosure prevention, domestic violence, family law, consumer law, disability law, public benefits law, education law, community economic development as well as representing persons living with HIV-AIDS.

The National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state.

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