Striking NYC Attys Union Hopeful As Talks Resume

By Pete Brush (May 23, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT) -- A striking union of lawyers who represent low-income New York City residents in foreclosures, evictions, family court and bankruptcy court, among other places, expressed optimism Thursday that talks with Legal Services NYC executives set for Friday would bear fruit.

The United Auto Workers-backed Legal Services Staff Association, representing 219 legal industry workers — including 98 lawyers — voted overwhelmingly to strike May 15 after Legal Services NYC management pushed for a new contract with reductions in health care and retirement benefits and small raises with no cost-of-living adjustments.

Union leaders are scheduled to meet Friday at the midtown Manhattan offices of Seyfarth...

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