California Federation of Interpreters

PG&E’s Efforts for Preventing Fires

November 5, 2019

Dear Region 3 Members,

PG&E’s efforts of preventing fires by imposing rolling blackouts has opened the discussion of whether employees will be paid if the court is affected by the blackouts. Some courts have been informing their employees that in case of a court closure due to a blackout, the court will NOT pay for wages and at the employee’s request, the employee may use their vacation accruals in lieu of no compensation. However, please know that interpreters also have the option to cross-assign. 

After consulting with our attorney, we were informed that since in Region 3 these power outages are announced at least a day or more in advance, the interpreter employee should be given the option to cross-assign to a court, or even another Region, that is not experiencing outages on the announced dates. 

In summary, interpreter employees should have the choice to:

  1. To cross-assign. Please note: Employees have priority and preference over independent contractors and non-certified or non-registered interpreters when cross-assigning. 
  2. Take the day off without pay
  3. Take the day off and use accrual time.

This applies to any pre-planned court closures.

Notify your union steward or representative as soon as possible if your court is not giving you the option to cross-assign in a pre-planned court closure. 

In Solidarity,

Carmen Ramos, Secretary/Treasurer – Steward
Janet Hudec, Vice-President – Steward

 

REGION 3 REPRESENTATIVE

Rosa Trevizo- (209) 329-6620

[email protected]

STEWARD

Carmen Ramos – (408) 316-2163

[email protected]

STEWARD 

Janet Hudec – (559) 977-6688

[email protected]

STEWARD

Maria Cecilia Skaggs – (661) 319-5470

[email protected]

STEWARD

Tam Tyler Thien Nguyen – (714) 786-0687

[email protected]

 

 

Longevity Bonus Update

Dear Region 1 Members,

This message is to further inform you regarding some proper compensation levels that have come up regarding the “longevity bonus” paid out last September, and the actions taken by the Local to resolve the matter. LASC administration has responded to our concerns regarding the amount received by those who the Union sees as fully qualifying members.

The administration has confirmed that indeed several members did not receive the correct amount, or no amount at all, and in a conversation that local president Mike Ferreira had with Joi Williams, deputy director of Equity and Labor Relations, she indicated that the Court will conduct an audit to correct this issue. 
 
At this moment we are holding back on a previous decision to file a grievance on behalf of our members while the Court works to remedy the situation. However, should it become necessary, the Union always reserves the right to exercise this action in the future. Please stay tuned, there will be more information soon.
 
Should you have any further questions about the matter, please contact us at the emails below.

In solidarity,

Victoria Rea – [email protected] 
Pedro Ramirez Navas – [email protected]
(LASC “Children’s Court” Stewards)
 

Steward Training in Northern California

Dear CFI Members, 
 
Your local is sending out the clarion’s call for people who are interested in becoming stewards! In accordance with Article III, Section 9 of our Bylaws, we are asking for nominations for stewards to serve at your work site, or within your home court’s jurisdiction; yes, that means that even if you’re not sure if you personally wish to become a steward, you can nominate someone you believe would be a good candidate, and we will ask then to join our northern California training.

It’s worth mentioning that if you are unsure whether you want to commit to becoming a steward, you are still invited to find out what the “front line” of the labor movement looks like. 
 
The training is mandatory for anyone who wishes to be added to the steward lists for their Region/County. Some of the topics to be covered are:
 
-      Union structure, guiding documents, and protocols.
 
-      Role, Rights, and Responsibilities of a union steward.
 
-      How to memorialize, share communications, and collaborate on representation issues.
 
-      Grievances and their processing; arbitrations and their preparations; unfair labor practice filings (Public Employee Relations Board).
 
-      Open discussion about any issue of interest or concern..
 
The projected target for a weekend training date is sometime at the end of November, beginning of December; those who respond will be updated as to the time and place. The morning session will be primarily geared towards new stewards, and the afternoon will have some more specific foci for experienced stewards; we are arranging for our legal counsel, to give a presentation on labor issues to be aware of, as a steward. 

Please send your name and contact info to [email protected] with the subject line of Northern California Steward Training 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
All my best, in solidarity

Michael Ferreira
President
CFI Local 39000 TNG-CWA
 

      (Santa Ana, Sept 3, 2019)

Dear R4 members,

Your committee attended the first mediation session held on September 4 in Santa Ana main courthouse.

Mediation requires that parties sign an agreement that they will not disclose the details of the session; therefore, we are simply not permitted to share that information with you. We can, however, proudly state that your committee fought hard, acted in good faith, and even came up with creative ideas in an attempt to get the best contract for all. By the end of a long day, however, we hit a roadblock and were shut down. 

After we ended the formal mediation session we attempted to speak with Jamie Newton (senior HR analyst) and Monna Radulovich (counsel and Joe Wiley’s assistant), regarding OC’s reverse pick-up. In a nutshell, we were told that OC should be grateful that the reverse pick-up has been frozen and we should see it as a gift. Your entire committee couldn’t disagree more. 

Your committee is still discussing this along with much more and appreciates your continued support as we try to get closure on this contract. Please bear in mind that there is a direct correlation between your active, vocal backing for a fair contract and our strength at the table. We are confident that with your active support we will succeed! 

In Unity,

Maria Benitez
Ana Fuller
LouLou Tovar
Jackie Ruiz
Silvia San Martín
Ed Venegas, spokesperson
Laurie Burgess, lead spokesperson 
 

Dear CFI Members:

There is a great deal of legislation that is presently on the edge of consideration by the state senate; we have been asked to participate in a campaign to get these two bills outlined below through to the governor’s desk. 

AB 1677 (Call Center Bill) has the intention of keeping call center jobs here in the United States; it is important not only for our union brothers & sisters who work in the Telecomm Sector of our union, but with news that large language service companies are organizing VRI and Telephonic interpreting call centers overseas (Argentina and Costa Rica, to name a few), supporting this legislation would also protect our interests in keeping VRI within our unit work, and controlled by our contracts and California legislation. 

AB1066 is within all union members’ interest, as it would make the ability to strike even more “affordable” with the ability to draw unemployment benefits while out on strike; with the recent bashing from Janus and other anti-union rulings, some even coming from the NLRB, this is a way to give energy to collective bargaining’s strongest tool in the work shed. 

We encourage all members to assist in getting these two bills passed.

This legislative session our priorities have been supporting and trying to pass AB 1677 (Call Center bill) that we are sponsoring and AB 1066 (Unemployment Strike Benefit) that we are co-sponsoring. We are also opposing and trying to defeat AB 1366 (VOIP bill). I want to thank everyone of you that have taken action on our CWA Legislative priorities.

Many of you have shown up to numerous committee hearings and have sat for hours to be able to stand up at the mic to take a position. Others have sent emails and made calls.  While some of you have come to the Capitol to personally lobby your legislator and  others have gone to their legislator's District to lobby. Please know that whatever action you have taken towards our priorities, I am forever grateful and appreciate everything you have done.  

We are now headed towards the finish line and need all hands on deck to meet our goals. We need every single CWA member in California to send an email to their Senator. We should have thousands of you participating, because not only is it easy, it's important! We have drafted the email for you, so no worries about what you need to write.

Send a Letter

 

Now is not the time to let up -- we must keep the emails coming to make sure our legislators know that CWA doesn't back down when it comes to standing up for our values! 

Please take a few minutes to write your State Senator and ask them to support AB 1677 and AB 1066 and to OPPOSE AB 1366! Click here to send a letter!

In solidarity and gratitude,

CWA District 9 Legislative and Political Team

CWA District 9

CA HI NV


District 9 North
2804 Gateway Oaks Dr. #150
Sacramento, CA 95833

District 9 South
12215 Telegraph Rd. #210
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

 

 
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