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As A Strike Wears On, Those In Need Feel the Consequences

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A labor strike is entering its second month for one of the nation's largest free legal aid groups. More than 200 employees with Legal Services NYC called the strike after rejecting a contract they say includes benefit reductions and threats to job security.

The company serves low income New Yorkers with civil claims, like custody battles and housing disputes.

On Wednesday, Richard Myers brought a social security claim to Legal Services' Harlem office, where he found a sign saying they're not accepting new clients. Instead, he was referred to other legal aid groups. Myers said he's not optimistic that another lawyer could help him.

"They all need time to prepare for the hearing, and my hearing's for the twenty-fifth of this month,” he said. “So it looks like I'm going to miss it."

Both sides have continued to meet at the bargaining table and said they are guardedly optimistic a deal could be reached soon. More talks are scheduled for Friday.

Editors:

Julianne Welby

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