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Preliminary Inventory to the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 2320 (National Organization of Legal Service Workers), Legal Services Staff Association Records WAG.163

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Michael V. D'Ambrosio and Daniel Michelson, Jun 2011

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 30, 2020
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 edited by Nicole Greenhouse to reflect additional administrative information and added archived websites  , January 2020

Historical/Biographical Note

Representing workers in the legal profession, the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) is part of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW), which itself is Local 2320 of the United Automobile Workers of America (UAW). The membership of LSSA consists of employees of Legal Services NYC (formerly Community Action for Legal Services) and MFY Legal Services, which provide free legal assistance to people in New York City.

LSSA was organized in New York City in 1972, one of the first unions in the legal profession. It played a critical role in the 1978 formation of NOLSW. In 1980, NOLSW affiliated with District 65 during the period in which District 65 itself affiliated with the UAW. When District 65 collapsed in the mid-1990s, NOLSW became UAW Local 2320.

Today, LSSA's 270 members make it the largest unit in NOLSW. Not surprisingly, given its membership of employees in legal services organizations, LSSA is a highly active and visible unit within both NOLSW and the UAW.