Members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) with support from members of other UAW locals will picket their employer, Legal Services-NYC, an Thursday, April 2lst at 5:30pm in front of its main office located at 350 Broadway (6etween Franklin and Leonard Streets) prior to the meeting of the Board of Directors of LS-NYC. Members are protesting the firing of Bill Henderson, longtime union representative and Senior Attorney at Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services. Mr. Henderson was fired after numerous acts of retaliation against him by Victor Olds, the director of this Long- troubled program.
Since Mr. Olds was hired in March 2007 all but one attorney, including managers, have left the program leaving only one experienced attorney on staff to serve a community with one of the most concentrated poor populations in New York City. Mr, Henderson, a family law attorney with over 20 years of experience, was the target of numerous adverse actions by Mr Olds which lead to the filing of pending Unfair Labor Practice charges with the NLRB and grievances pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between LS-NYC and LSSA. LS-NYC Executive Director Andrew Scherer summarily denied each of the grievances which now must be decided by an arbitrator.
LSSA President Gibb Surette said “It is outrageous that LS-NYC management has engaged in an anti-union campaign at Bed-Stuy Legal Services further depriving this community of desperately needed services in these harsh economic times.”