(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


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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Volunteer monitors needed: Flores interviews with immigrant minors detained at Texas Border Patrol facilities

The California Federation of Interpreters Local 39000 CWA-TNG often gets requests of this nature, and this is an opportunity to give our members a chance to support social justice causes – we believe that linguistic access to the justice system is a basic human right, and this is the only path to make the motto “equal treatment under the law” meaningful.

The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a respected justice partner with whom our Local can collaborate. Our hope is that our members respond to the volunteer and donation information and help in the areas where the Center is attempting to provide legal services to detained immigrant children being held in squalid conditions. (El Paso & Río Grande Valley, Texas)

Being part of a Union means being a key element in the community for improving working and social conditions wherein we live and work; volunteerism for social justice is a one of the legs of the CWA Triangle; I have done some pro bono written translations for social justice agencies in California, and from what I’ve seen, this situation could easily be called the Dachau of our times.

Local 39000 stands ready to begin to participate in Social Justice … it’s what we do every day in the courts. This Local encourages all its members to go forth and see how  we can be of service to the greater whole of communities and society in which we live.

All my best, in solidarity

Michael Ferreira, President

Please forward to colleagues who may be interested.
Dear volunteer lawyers, doctors, paralegals, and interpreters,
We have a motion pending regarding the treatment of detained minors in the RGV and El Paso Sectors. The motion is now in court ordered mediation with a further mediation scheduled for September 11, 2019. We would like a small number of volunteer monitors to interview class members at CBP facilities in the RGV and El Paso Sectors onSeptember 05-06, 2019. We are writing to invite interested lawyers, doctors, paralegals, and interpreters to participate on one or both days at either of the CBP sectors. The purpose of these monitoring visits is solely to gather updated information regarding CBP's compliance with the terms of the Flores settlement that require the humane treatment and prompt processing of minors in border patrol custody. To volunteer, please register or sign in to, where you can select the dates you wish to participate.
We'd like monitors to visit McAllen/Ursula, Weslaco and Brownsville in the RGV Sector and the El Paso Station, Clint, and Santa Theresa in the El Paso Sector. You may volunteer to interview class members on September 5 or 6, 2019, or on both days, and in either the El Paso or RGV Sectors.


Please log in or sign up at to register to volunteer for an upcoming detention site inspection. Those wishing to participate in site visits must upload, unless they have already done so for previous visits, the following documentation:
  1. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a government issued photo ID - you must upload this at the “Upload ID and Consent” tab. 
  2. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a signed ICE Code of Conduct form - you must upload this on the “Upload ID and Consent” tab. (New form required for all participants regardless of previous participation)
  3. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of your State Bar Membership Card (required only for attorneys).
  4. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a medical license or other certificate (required only for doctors and child welfare experts)
In addition to registering at the web site, please also email me the days and locations you wish to interview class members and attach copies of the documents mentioned above that you upload to the website.
We will promptly email those who respond to let you know if you have been selected to join a visit this time around, provide an interview form, and schedule an orientation conference call probably Tuesday next week.
If you cannot volunteer, please go to the website and make a donation to support the work of defending detained children from relentless attacks by this Administration.
Please feel free to forward this email to others who may want to support the ongoing efforts aimed at protecting the rights of detained children and securing their release from federal custody as promptly as possible.
Thank you.
Peter Schey
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
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