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Attorneys & Staffers At Pro-Bono CAMBA Legal Services Reach Contract, End Strike

Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019
by Noah Goldberg/The Brooklyn Eagle
Attorneys & Staffers At Pro-Bono CAMBA Legal Services Reach Contract, End Strike

(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - Attorneys with a Pro-Bono Brooklyn Legal Services Organization have settled on a contract with their company, ending a four-week Strike where Workers demanded better Paid Family Leave, more competitive salaries and Lower Health Insurance Premiums.

CAMBA Legal Services, which is part of the Brooklyn-based organization CAMBA, provides free representation to tenants in housing court - as well as to Immigrants seeking residency.

The staff of 40, including two pregnant women, began striking on April 15th.

“I feel really good about the deal overall,” said Marisa Menna, a Staff Attorney with CLS. “We won a lot of common sense gains that will enhance quality of life for our Members.”

The deal that Attorneys and Support Staff reached with management included annual raises for Staff Attorneys, as well as lower Employee contribution to health insurance premiums, according to Staff Members.

CAMBA also agreed to pay Employees 10% of their salary when they’re on parental leave, according to Dafina Oruqi, a Para-Legal for CLS - who is eight months pregnant.

CLS Staff originally demanded fully-paid parental leave.  Staff Members complained CAMBA gave out no Paid Family Leave and that Attorneys and Staffers often left the organization when they wanted to start a family.

Because of New York State’s new Paid Family Leave Law, Oruqi will collect 55% of her salary from the State for 10 weeks when she has a child.

CAMBA will provide 10% on top of that.

Oruqi said it’s not enough: “Sixty-five-percent is a joke - especially for Support Staff.” 

CLS Staff Unionized last May with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (United Auto Workers Local 2325) and had been battling for a new contract ever since.

To Read This Labor News Report In Its Entirety, Go To: https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2019/05/10/attorneys-and-staffers-at-legal-services-nonprofit-reach-contract-end-strike/

And For More, Read The May 6th Labor News Story, Headlined: Indefinite Strike By CAMBA Legal Services Staff Continues In New York City As News Hits That Non-Profit CEO Makes $500,000 While Some Employees Rely On Food Stamps

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