California Federation of Interpreters

R3 Bargaining Bulletin #10

Interpreters Say No to Region 3 Offer 

SACRAMENTO (April 7, 2017) _ Interpreters in Region 3 have resoundingly rejected the Last Best and Final Offer (LBFO) presented at the March 15 bargaining session.

Ninety-six percent of those voting rejected the proposed three-year contract, with 67.5 % of members turning out to vote. Ninety-five percent of the Region’s 88 employees are union members and eligible to vote.
Voting took place at three in-person meetings held after work this week in Kern, Merced and Sacramento counties. Members heard from the bargaining committee and discussed the Region’s offer, weighing the growing pay disparities and proposed concessions in employment rights against the wage offer.

Participation was high and sentiments against proposals to strip away employee rights prevailed, along with a broad consensus that more progress on wages is needed to address fairness and equity issues.

Many thanks to all who were able to come out and vote on these important issues. Your bargaining team will press forward to reach a contract agreement that protects employment security and makes greater progress toward recognizing our value within the court system.


R3 Bargaining Bulletin #9

Region 3's Last Best and Final Offer

Sacramento_ (March 20, 2017) Last Wednesday, Region 3 presented a “last best final offer” (LBFO) to your bargaining committee. The Region’s negotiator did not formally declare impasse, but shut down negotiations nonetheless.


R3 Bargaining Bulletin #8

Back at the Table but Still Far Apart on Wages

SAN JOAQUIN (Feb 23, 2017) _ CFI’s Region 3 negotiating team returned to the bargaining table on Tuesday after a two month hiatus, putting forward a compensation proposal that would provide interpreters with fairness and equity in compensation.

The Region 3 courts’ negotiator responded to the proposal by saying the two sides are still far apart on wages and continued to demand that employees give away statutory rights in order to get fair wages.


Bargaining Update Reg-2

Region’s Wage Move Not Enough Given Elimination of Pension Benefits

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 17, 2017) _ Region 2 moved its wage proposal up to provide a 14% increase over 3 years by implementing a salary range for interpreters. That’s 2% more than their last offer, but the Region still refuses to address the loss of pay interpreters across the region have felt due to the elimination of certain pension benefits paid by the employer. This makes the actual wage improvement for the majority of interpreters in the Region significantly lower.

Region 2 Update

Negotiations Resume but Yield Little Progress

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb.14, 2017) _ Your Region 2 negotiating team returned to the bargaining table to continue the fight for pay parity and employee priority, following a six-week hiatus. 

The parties remain far apart on our most important issue: wages. The Region’s proposal is still at 12% over three years. The Union’s proposal would provide a 25% pay increase over three years.

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