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Legal Services Staff Association Ratifies Contract ‘With Significant’ Equity Gains

Published Monday, October 25, 2021
by New York City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council News
Legal Services Staff Association Ratifies Contract ‘With Significant’ Equity Gains

(NEW YORK CITY) - The Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA), part of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW)/United Auto Workers (UAW) 2320, has settled its Union contract with its employer - Legal Services NYC (LSNYC).

With 90% of the Union’s Members participating, the contract was ratified with 80% voting yes.

This 2021-2024 agreement brings significant advances in salary scale equity for LSNYC's lowest paid Members, as well as improvements in work from home, health care, reimbursements, layoff protections and many more, Union Officials said.

LSSA represents Secretaries, Paralegals, Receptionists, Process Servers, Social Workers, Attorneys and other Non-Management Employees who serve low income people and communities throughout New York City in civil legal matters.

Of particular note, the LSSA achieved a fundamental change to the structure of salary scales that results in an average 10.8% raise in the first year of the contract for the primarily BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Staff on the six lowest paid pay scales, the Union said.

Staff on higher pay scales received a 2% increase in the first contract year.

While more equity work remains to be done, this is a significant first step and structural change that LSSA will build on in future rounds of bargaining, the Union said.

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