- Familiar faces
It has been confirmed by at least 3 sources David Leone formerly on Dechert’s Vioxx project is now on the McCarter project. Love him or hate him he is working there on behalf of Dechert. One of my sources (published with express permission) wrote a week or so ago:
OMG, he IS here. Leone is here, this is going to suck. I guess I better be ready for unclear directions, weird rules, and multiple “special projects.”
Another source (published with permission) said:
Leone is on the project, but has only been in a couple of times. He must be working off site, looks like he is still working with Liesl and Matt Tate.
I am opening the floor a little on this one and trusting you guys not to be too severe without reason. What are your opinions of this crew?
- Newark site and Tom the Temp
The Tom the Temp’s site can be found at: http://temporaryattorney.blogspot.com/
For the AZ posts look at the January 16, 19, 21, and 22 posts. It appears there was a good deal of talk about a possible strike or other concerted activity in favor of getting back the MLK day. Check it out.
- Bye Bye MLK Day, What’s Next Labor Day?
It has also been confirmed that
Interestingly, this has provoked some real talk about a potential strike, walk out, sick out, and unionization. I support all of these ideas, but I some of them are impractical and dangerous especially without union support. A one day sick out is the most likely to be effective at this stage without a union, but two things would be required. First enough participation, and second a clear voice. If there is some support I will further discuss the specifics of how I think such concerted activity should proceed.
The great thing about a sick out would also be that with enough participation the firms would be afraid (with good reason) of Unionization. In addition, it also puts people in a position to believe that a union is possible.
- New Pay Structure
Another update that came in this the first week of February is that there is now a new pay structure on
30/hr (or 33 or 35 depending on seniority) for the first 45 (remains the same)
1.5 time for 45-55 hours/week (remains the same)
1.75 time for 55-70 hours/week
Double time for 70+ hours/week
The top 10% or so of people who earn more then 70+ hours/week will be entered into a
drawing for a flat screen TV.
My belief is that they have 3 major issues that this is attempting to address. First, they have discovery deadlines coming up so they want people to put in more hours to meet those deadlines. Second, any time that there is a deadline it opens up the ability to negotiate either to get a deal done before the deadline so that new issues are not opened, or after the deadline (whether it was met or not adds a dimension to negotiations). Meanwhile, the law firm will try to bill all of the hours it can around these times because at any time it might wrap up. Third the potential discontent that has been raised on blogs like this one and Tom the Temp’s can be somewhat alleviated by making some of the contractors more happy with their circumstances and the hope that they can make a lot more money.
In truth this pay structure will likely only affect those attorneys that are on the cusps, and provide no major incentive to most.
There is a great report available at: www.jdwired.com/thenewlawyer. You should all check it out.
The Black Sheep