Language Access

Santa Clara Court paying federal rate to Spanish language contractors

SAN JOSE (May 17, 2016) _ The Superior Court of Santa Clara, in the Bay Area’s Silicon Valley, has started paying the federal rate of $418 per day to Spanish language independent contractors. The move became official at the beginning of May after CFI lobbied the court for months to take this and other actions to address the severe and chronic shortage of interpreters available to cover the court's needs. 


President’s Update

CFI news on stewards training, meetings, bargaining and other Union business



CFI President named Unionist of the Year by Monterey Bay LC

MONTEREY (April 29, 2016) _ The Monterey Bay Labor Council has named CFI President Ariel Torrone Unionist of the Year. 

Torrone received the award in recognition of his leadership during the time CFI was becoming an autonomous local run by interpreters for interpreters. Among the achievements that led to Torrone receiving the honor: helping Local 39000 obtain a charter, setting up automated dues collection statewide, advocacy for language access and overseeing bargaining.



Freelance Chair petitions for increase in court contract interpreter per diem

SAN FRANCISCO (April 18, 2016) _  Freelance Unit Chair Joel Rubert presented the Judicial Council nearly 200 petitions from contract and employee interpreters in support of raising the per diem rate paid to court interpreters.



Steward trainings set for June

Thinking of becoming a steward?  Curious as to what a steward does?  Not really sure but want to get more info.? Already a steward but could use some training?
We hear you, loud and clear one of the two following dates!
June 11th in Southern California and June 18th in Northern California
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