Interpreter fund surplus continues growing despite plans to expand language services 

LOS ANGELES _ The Language Access Plan (LAP) task force held a public meeting in Los Angeles recently to talk about the status of implementation efforts and to hear from stakeholders, including legal aid attorneys, community members and interpreters.

Panels discussed the status of the LAP implementation focusing on three areas, expansion of interpreter services to civil cases, the development of training and resources on language access, and funding and monitoring plans.

Public comments highlighted that while good policy is being developed and some courts are taking concrete steps to expand services and improve language access overall, many courts are not yet clear on what to do and have not begun a real expansion of services.


Nomination and Election Notice

Election Timeline

Ballot Mail Out - Monday, November 23, 2015

Ballot Return Postmark Deadline - Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

Ballot Count - Saturday, December 19, 2015


Nominations for the Executive Board of CFI Local 39000 are now open. Nominations will close at 5 p.m. Monday, November 9, 2015.

All members in good standing are eligible to run for the Titled Officer positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer; the Regional Unit Representative for each of the four Regions; and a Freelance Unit Representative. There are nine open positions in total. All terms are two years.

These are volunteer positions, but Board Members will be reimbursed for the cost of travel, lost work time, and other expenses incurred on behalf of the union.

The nomination of a person for the office of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall also constitute the nomination of the same person as a delegate to CWA Conventions held during the term of office for which the election is being conducted, if the person is elected.

E-mail nominations may be sent to the Election Committee at [email protected] with the subject line “CFI Local 39000 Nomination.” Be sure to include the full name and position of nominee. You may self nominate.

Nominees must agree to their nomination and be confirmed as eligible members in good standing, in accordance with the CFI Local 39000 Bylaws, and the TNG and CWA Constitutions.

Candidates will be posted as they are received and confirmed on the CFI Local 39000 website:

Election Committee Members: Mirtha Sánchez, Blake Whitehead, Mónica Sottolani

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Notice of Referendum on Dissolution of CFI, Inc.

A membership vote will be held to decide whether CFI, Inc., the independent non-profit organization, should be dissolved.

The CFI, Inc. governing board supported the recent adoption of bylaws for CFI, Local 39000 that incorporated the professional division and independent contractor unit functions of CFI, Inc. into CFI Local 39000.

Following passage of those new bylaws, the CFI Inc. governing board voted to recommend dissolution of CFI, Inc. and to hold a membership vote to accept or reject that recommendation.


Language Access

OC meeting focuses on reporting language access concerns

SANTA ANA _ More than 30 interpreters in Region 4 came together for a luncheon at Santa Ana's Criminal Justice Center this week to show their support for CFI's campaign to gather reports involving denial of language access to the public

CFI is collecting all the reports submitted for future submission to state legislators and the Judicial Council, which is working to implement a statewide Language Access Plan and the expansion of court interpreter services into civil matters.



Increase the Contract Court Interpreter Per Diem

CFI is encouraging employees and contractors to sign a petition seeking a per diem increase for contract court interpreters.

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