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Nominations Open Tomorrow for Vacant Executive Board Positions

Region 1 Board Representative, Region 2 Board Representative, Freelance Chair

The CFI Local 39000 Bylaws are clear that any position that becomes vacant must be filled if there are more than six months left in the term. The present Board’s term expires in December of 2021; therefore it is incumbent upon the Local to run Nominations and Elections to fill the positions. (Bylaws Article 8, Section 5)

The date set for officially receiving nominations will be July 1, 2020; officially closing by 5:00 pm on July 7, 2020. 

Please send nominations by email to [email protected]; in the subject line be sure to write “Nomination – Interim Elections.” 

Usually for the Executive Board elections members are allowed up to four nominations: the three officers – President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer – and the regional board representative for your region. Members of our Freelance/IGA unit only nominate the Freelance Chair. As the only open positions are regional board representatives and the Freelance Chair, there will be a limit of one nomination per member.
 
The terms of office will begin upon election and completion of officer training and run through December 31, 2021.
 
Candidates must be members in good standing, accept the nomination in writing, and agree to participate in training.  
 
In the event of a contested race for the open regional board representative positions, a secret ballot election will be conducted. Should there be a need for secret ballot, the date for ballot returns would be July 30, 2020 and the count would take place on August 1, 2020 at the Local under the direction of the Local’s Election Committee.

 
 

JUDICIAL COUNCIL SET TO LAUNCH NEW ONLINE DATA

REPORTING SYSTEM FOR INTERPRETERS

YOUR UNION HAS CONCERNS

 

June 25, 2020

Hello Colleagues, 

Just a heads-up to let you know that tomorrow, Friday, June 26th, you should be receiving an email from the Judicial Council of California with information about a new online access portal they are implementing for interpreters to have a direct online link to the Judicial Council.

While this portal will allow interpreters the convenience of online certification renewal, uploading CIMCE compliance, and contact information updating, it is also designed for interpreters to directly report the daily case information that, up to now, we have reported on Daily Activity Logs (DAL’s) to our individual Courts. DAL’s handed in by our members to their corresponding Courts have aided the Judicial Council comply with its responsibility to meet the reporting and study mandate found in California Government Code §68563[1]. The Union has always maintained that this practice has never been our unit work, but in the spirit of cooperation, interpreters have done it as a courtesy to the Court.                                                                                                      

The Union has met and conferred with Los Angeles Superior Court regarding impacts of this change that adds data entry to our duties, and learned that the decision to make this change in practice came from the Judicial Council, not the Court. Douglas Denton of the Judicial Council confirmed this in a conversation with Local President Mike Ferreira yesterday. In addition, Mr. Denton indicated that various Courts are handling this change regarding the reporting duty in a variety of ways. 

Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC) considers this reporting duty to be something between the interpreters and the Judicial Council; LASC has indicated that they will not be tracking or overseeing the process of data entry/reporting in any way. LASC has made it clear that they do not consider any issue related to this process to be subject to discipline or dismissal. 

Los Angeles Superior Court will be leaving the data entry/reporting responsibility completely in the hands of the individual interpreter; however, the Union expects that Courts in other counties throughout California may require varying, as yet undefined levels of accountability to Court management in the data entry/reporting process. 

Your Union’s concern is that the decision to add this data entry responsibility which is not part of our unit work nor mentioned in our MOU’s, comes not from the Courts, but from the Judicial Council, an entity which we have no contractual labor relationship. Normally, and legally, any change in our unit work or duties is subject to Regional bargaining during contract negotiations.

Your Union and the Judicial Council are arranging a meeting in the near future with their Labor Relations Division regarding this matter. We have sent out letters requesting to meet and confer with the Courts at a Regional level as well.

Please stay tuned for updates. 

In Solidarity, 
CFI Local 39000 Executive Board and Stewards

[1] California Government Code 68563: The Judicial Council shall conduct a study of language and interpreter use and need in court proceedings, with commentary, and shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to the Legislature not later than July 1, 1995, and every five years thereafter. The study shall serve as a basis for (1) determining the examinations, and (2) establishing these programs and examinations through normal budgetary process. The study shall also serve as a basis for (1) determining ways in which the Judicial Council can make available to the public, through public service announcements, testing, application procedures, and employment opportunities for interpreters, and (2) establishing and evaluating these programs through the normal budgetary process.

 

 

Paul Son 

It is with profound sadness to inform the membership that our beloved colleague and a friend, Paul Son, a Korean interpreter, has passed away on June 13, 2020.

This news came as such a blow and so unexpectedly. Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of pandemic crisis and not able to see him off with the respect we want to pay him, and to which he is due.

Mr. Son has been with the court since the early part of the 1970’s and he is well known for his turtleneck worn with sartorial fashion sense.  His love for the profession enabled him to work until just before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

His wife, Rosarina, said she had been telling him to retire for years, but he was unwilling and felt himself still full of vigor to continue his profession. His love for his job was so great, it became a part of his life, she said.  He was very proud of his younger brother, a Catholic priest serving in Peru. Being a devout Christian himself, Paul was a treasured volunteer at his church.

Paul was a founding member of the Korean Professional Interpreter's Association.  He was eager to participate in all the activities the association offered. His positive presence and great humor will be missed always. 

Paul is survived by his wife, two sons and two loving grandchildren. All of us here at CFI Local 39000 wish peace be upon Paul, and upon the saddened hearts of his family and friends. 

In solidarity, and respect to a dear colleague,

Inson Oh

 

Announcing Interim Elections for Vacant Executive Board Positions

06-15-2020

Today marks the announcement of Interim Elections for three vacant Executive Board Positions:  

Region 1 Board Representative, Region 2 Board Representative, Freelance Chair

The CFI Local 39000 Bylaws are clear that any position that becomes vacant must be filled if there are more than six months left in the term. The present Board’s term expires in December of 2021; therefore it is incumbent upon the Local to run Nominations and Elections to fill the positions. (Bylaws Article 8, Section 5)

The date set for officially receiving nominations will be July 1, 2020; officially closing by 5:00 pm on July 7, 2020. 

Please send nominations by email to [email protected]; in the subject line be sure to write “Nomination – Interim Elections.” 

Usually for the Executive Board elections members are allowed up to four nominations: the three officers – President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer – and the regional board representative for your region. Members of our Freelance/IGA unit only nominate the Freelance Chair. As the only open positions are regional board representatives and the Freelance Chair, there will be a limit of one nomination per member.
 
The terms of office will begin upon election and completion of officer training and run through December 31, 2021.
 
Candidates must be members in good standing, accept the nomination in writing, and agree to participate in training.  
 
In the event of a contested race for the open regional board representative positions, a secret ballot election will be conducted. Should there be a need for secret ballot, the date for ballot returns would be July 30, 2020 and the count would take place on August 1, 2020 at the Local under the direction of the Local’s Election Committee.

 

 
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