California Federation of Interpreters

Local Update

September 11, 2017 

CWA Strong Training*

Stewards, those who want to be stewards, and those who want to take a more active role in leadership in the Local are invited to RSVP for one of the trainings below:

Southern California – Saturday September 23rd  Or Saturday October 21st 

Session will take place at CWA District 9 Offices in Santa Fe Springs from 10am to 4pm – Lunch will be served. 

Northern California – Saturday September 30th           

Session will take place in Bay Area.  We are confirming a location in Oakland which is both near BART and has parking.

10am – 4pm – Lunch will be served. 

If you are interested in helping with new employee Orientation – this is the meeting/training for you.  As of July, there is a new law in California giving unions access to new employees during their orientation.  We have been asked by the lawyers and the State Federation of Labor to be careful about how we launch this orientation – since we don’t want to make bad precedents as the law is getting into effect.

We would like to have stewards and others trained in every Region (and Court) to be able to reach out and welcome new employees and invite them into joining the union.

RSVP to [email protected]

We need to have your RSVP at least 72 hours in advance of the training to be able to print materials and order the food.

*  This is the CWA Strong Resolution from the CWA Convention in August 2017 

*CWA STRONG is a challenge to all of us, to create a shared understanding of the forces that seek to derail the gains we’ve made. We’ll use the smarts we’ve acquired in decades of organizing, bargaining and mobilization to reach every member, strengthen our union and protect good jobs, wages, benefits and retirement.



Please Register here to participate in the October 6-9 Annual Conference

Remember we rolled back the rate to 2014 prices for registration. 

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Conference – contact Eva Vargas at [email protected] 

Sincerely in Solidarity,

Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator

Region 2 Update

Members Reject Region’s August 10 Proposal

The vote on the Region's last offer has concluded and members voted to reject the courts’ proposal.

Members met to discuss the proposal and voted in large numbers throughout the region, with 74% of eligible voters casting a ballot.

Vote results:  57% to Reject and 43% to Accept

This is a decisive outcome and the bargaining team has notified the Region and proposed dates for a return to the table. The moratorium on work actions ends September 11 in accordance with our agreement to put the Region’s proposal to a vote. 

The San Francisco Labor Council has granted our request for strike sanctions. Strike sanctions requests are also in progress from CWA and central labor councils around the Bay.

Based on the progress we’ve made over the past year, and how close we are to a tentative agreement, we’re confident it is still possible to avert a strike by reaching a tentative agreement at the bargaining table if the Region's decision makers are interested in doing so.  

In discussing the pros and cons of the proposal and our situation, members focused on two shortcomings in the Region's proposal: 
  • the overall wage growth is inadequate considering the four-year period actually covered (from expiration of our contract through the end of 2020); 
  • the lack of any increase to the entry level pay in the new wage scale. 
Both concerns can be addressed by increasing the bottom step or adding a COLA to the economic package. 

Our polling shows we are in a strong position for continuing our work actions. We appreciate the determination and support expressed by interpreters region wide regardless of how they voted.

An editorial published in the Daily Journal last week as this vote was pending tells the full story about why we’re standing up and strongly united for a better deal. 


August 29, 2017

Region 1 Bargaining Update
Region 1 met with the Bargaining team today at the Airport Courthouse.
In addition to the Bargaining Committee and Region 1 attendees we were pleased to have several  employees present during the AM and PM sessions:  Karine Levy (A), Marina Feiguin (F), Claudia Pettit (F), Silvia Barden (F), and Roxana Lopez (F).  We continue to invite Members to these sessions so that they can see firsthand what is happening and to show their support!
We reached a Tentative Agreement on Article 8, Section 1 relating to Discipline and Discharge stating that the Union has the right to respond on behalf of a member.  Additionally, if an employee chooses to not be represented by the Union, the decision shall not set precedent on future disciplinary matters for other Union members.
At the next session the parties will sign Tentative Agreements on Articles 4 and 25 - basically cleaning up language.
We submitted two proposals relating to binding arbitration - we currently do not enjoy this. Region 1 rejected both of these.  When pushed as to why they rejected this they said that other units in LA don't have it and that they make decisions for a living.  When pushed, they said that no judge has been involved in accepting or rejecting an advisory opinion nor have they rejected any advisory opinion by an arbitrator.  The CFI contracts in other regions include this right.
A proposal was submitted  for a Mixteco Pilot Interpreter program asking  Santa Barbara to participate in a joint proposal to the Judicial Council allowing for Mixteco language employee reimbursements.  Region 1 says that they will not be able to accept this proposal given statutory requirements.  We presented this as an access to language issue to address a gap in delivery of language services to a community where there is great need. They do not believe that the Judicial Council will pay for expenses for non Registered/Certified interpreters as employees.
Our counsel put in a demand for an Interest Arbitrator which allows an arbitrator to determine our access rights for new employee orientations.  We further agreed that we would delay the arbitration to allow the parties to resolve the issue at the table. 
In response to our requests for information, we have received several documents relating to seniority for all 3 counties, information on interpreter waiting areas, assignment rotations for the last several years, and mentor volunteer lists.  The Bargaining team will review and analyze the data in order to respond to Region 1 proposals and be prepared for the next set of proposals on their part which we anticipate will relate to staffing, positions, and assignments.
The next Bargaining session is confirmed for September 25th at the Airport Courthouse (2nd Floor Meeting Room).  Please be sure to fill out your RTOs requesting this day off.  
Region 2 Contract Vote
Members in Region 2 are voting this week on a Last Best and Final Offer.  The ballots will be tabulated on Thursday evening 8/31/17.  Results will be released shortly thereafter.  Meanwhile the Local is in the process of affiliating to Labor Councils around the Region 2 area and seeking Strike Sanction in the event of a labor dispute.  The San Francisco Labor Council has granted sanction.
Labor Day Rally – Oakland
The San Francisco and Alameda County Labor Councils are holding a Labor Day of Action:
8:30am: Gather at 14th/Jackson St. Oakland 
9:00am: Fight for $15 Workers Demand a Union
11:00am: Together we Rise Rally at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza 
TOGETHER WE RISE! Labor Unions are under attack! Together our unions and communities must aim to strengthen the Labor Movement and continue our commitment to supporting all workers! Strong unions give us power to raise wages, hold the powerful accountable, and boost the standard of living for all Americans.
Music, food and drinks will be provided! Families and children welcome!! 
If you are in the Bay Area – come on out and show your Solidarity!
Registration is OPEN for the Annual Conference
Please Register for the Annual Conference – this year in Oakland at the Oakland Airport Hilton.  The weekend of October 6-8.  You can register by clicking here:  CFI Conference
Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator

Update on Region 1 Bargaining Session

August 23, 2017, Airport Courthouse

Your Region 1 Bargaining Committee met with Management from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Courts and reached Tentative Agreements on two proposed minor corrections to Articles 25 and 4.  We’re on our way! 

We received substantive proposals from the Region on several articles including, Seniority, Employee Benefits, Employment Status, Grievance Procedure, and Leaves of Absence.  Several requests for information (RFIs) were made on our part to further understand the proposals and to more effectively respond to them. 

In addition to the Bargaining Committee Members and attorneys, we had an observer present. Thank you Claudia Pettit (F Status) for your participation and support!

We encourage and invite all of our colleagues (A, C, F, and OTS) to participate in future sessions.  Our next session will take place at the Airport Courthouse on Tuesday, August 29th.

Your CFI bargaining team,

Doris Vick
Pedro Ramirez
Daniel Kaufman
Roberto Guerrero
Michael Ferreira
Kathleen Sinclair Alternate
Caren Senser from the law firm of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld.


Local 39000 Update

August 21, 2017

Annual Conference
Please continue to sign-up to attend the Annual Conference – the link is here: CFI Conference 2017

Request for Strike Authorization
Staff Representatives Mary Lou Aranguan and Anabelle Garay have asked that the Local seek Strike Authorization for both Regions 2 and 3.  Our paperwork is wending its way to TNG and then to CWA President Chris Shelton.
Stand with your Region 1 Bargaining Committee:
Our unity is our strength. By presenting a united front before the administration, we show our power and resolve. If you're concerned about the current state of our profession, and you want to see advances that are long-overdue: WE NEED YOU! F-status, OTS, A-floaters, everyone! Yes, that means you.

It was great to see several of our colleagues present in solidarity at our first bargaining session. We're looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at future sessions, the locations of which we'll pass along as soon as they're confirmed by administration.

The following dates have been confirmed for bargaining at the LAX Airport courthouse:

• 8/23: Wednesday | 10:00am | 2nd floor conference room, next to Sheriff's Dept offices

• 8/29: Tuesday | 10:00am | 2nd floor conference room, next to Sheriff's Dept offices

Even if you suspect your RTOs might be rejected, please submit them! It'll send a strong message if large numbers of our ranks are requesting these days off in advance to support our Bargaining Committee.

If you have any questions, and to confirm your participation, please contact Diana Pasillas at:
[email protected]

We’ll see you at the negotiating table! :)  Submitted by Daniel Kaufman for the R1 Bargaining Committee.
Please save the date(s):
Southern California September 23rd & October 21st (added date)
Northern California September 30th

Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator

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