Saturday, May 25, 2013

200+ Attorneys, Support Staff That Represent Low-Income New Yorkers At NYC Non-Profit Public Interest Firm Conduct Mass Walkout Over Salary, Benefits Squeeze

In New York City, The Wall Street Journal reports:

  • More than 200 attorneys and support workers with Legal Services NYC, which aids impoverished New Yorkers, walked off the job Wednesday in a dispute over salary increases and retirement and health-care benefits.

    Legal Services NYC is the largest provider of civil legal services in the country and receives about a third of its funding from the federal government. The group expects that by 2015, it will have lost half of the federal funding it had in 2010, in part because of widespread spending cuts known as the sequester, said Executive Director Raun Rasmussen.

    The organization works with more than 45,000 low-income clients on issues such as eviction and foreclosure, domestic violence and unemployment insurance. Mr. Rasmussen said unless it reduces costs, as many as 50 employees would have to be laid off by the end of next year.
For more, see Lawyers Who Aid Impoverished New Yorkers Walk Off Job (Workers at Legal Services NYC Protest in Dispute Over Salary, Benefits).

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