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Steward Training

In the midst of the crisis and with all of the challenges that we are facing in the courts, the Local has received a healthy number of people coming forward offering to serve as stewards. It seems that the more difficult the situations arising from the pandemic, the more the number of people coming forward to lend a hand in our effort to represent and protect our members in these trying times. 

As with all new stewards, CWA requires that they first go through a “basic training” through the district office, before actually being sworn in to serve and act as representatives of the Union, and more specifically, the Local. Of course, any steward who has already gone through the course may attend as a refresher, or to share their experience with others in an informal discussion toward the end. 

All new stewards MUST complete the course before representing members, filing grievances on their own, or discussing policies with administration. 

The date is set: 

November 14th, 2020.  

The time:

The time frame set presently is 8:00am to 4:00pm, with a 30 minute lunch break and other pauses. If the attendees finish the material before the stop time, then it will end earlier.

The place: 

Since COVID is still a thing, we will be sending everyone a Zoom link to attend the event.

This event is open to all members. We are looking forward to seeing the newly board-approved provisional stewards listed below:

Sergio Molina
Christina Guerrero
David Gala
Lucinda Aragón
Maya Fonseca
Carmen Marroquín
Vanessa Bonilla

This course is a requisite for continuing on as an official steward. Please send an email to [email protected] with “Nov 14 Steward Training” in the Subject line indicating you’ll be attending. It’s important to have a head count at least a week ahead of time to be able to send the manuals and other materials that will be important for the course.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or call the local at 562 944 2341. 

We look seeing you there!

In solidarity,

Michael Ferreira
President
 

CWA recently joined other unions and environmental groups in suing the federal government regarding PPE & failure to protect frontline workers. 

CWA press release: 

https://cwa-union.org/news/labor-unions-sue-federal-government-protect-frontline-workers-covid-19

In Unity,

Robert Longer
Staff Representative
 

Region 2 Bargaining Committee

Positions Elected by Acclamation:

Donald Britton
Andrew Carreras
Rocio Gaeta
John Martin
Kristina Ramsey
 

Headway in Protecting Unit Work for Staff Interpreters – Kern County 

On September 15, 2020 CFI filed a grievance against Kern County Superior Court for hiring independent contractors over the 100 day limit. On Tuesday, September 29, union steward Maria Skaggs, and local board members, Janet Hudec and Mike Ferreira, met with the Court to discuss the issue highlighted in the grievance. 

During the meeting, the administration admitted not complying with the law and our MOU. The administration agreed to keep track of the number of days each o independent contractor works for the county, so as to avoid violating the time limit allowed by law and stated in the Region 3 contract. Two of the independent contractors who had been regularly employed by the Court will not be able to work until next year in compliance with the law. The administration also accepted to pay the lost wages of intermittent Los Angeles Court employee Stephanie Wohl, as she did not get a cross-assignment for that day.  

Furthermore, the administration will assume responsibility for giving priority to as-needed/intermittent employees of other counties before hiring independent contractors. The administration will have the option of using an independent contractor only when the fees of a pro tempore interpreter are unreasonable in comparison to the fees of an independent contractor. 

In having the Court admit to and correct its error, as well as compensating Stephanie Wohl, this Local makes clear to the Court that it will do whatever it takes to protect its members’ labor rights under the Region 3 MOU, and interpreter laws. 

 

Region 2 Bargaining Committee Elections

Dear Region 2 Members: 

Congratulations on your selection of a Region 2 Board Representative! However, we still have some unfinished business to take care of; namely, selecting a bargaining team to prepare for and bargain, not only the new contract, but also handle the issue that has come up of negotiating the impacts of Video Remote Interpreting. The Region has asked to meet and confer over the impacts of VRI and has given the Local until November 24thto respond. The best people to actually carry out meet & confers and bargaining that are those who live and work in Region 2. To that end, we are officially opening nominations for a your region’s bargaining team.

This is officially opening up a call for nominations for five members in good standing to be the Region 2 bargaining team. The Bargaining Team’s term of office will be until the end of the new contract that is negotiated; the elected team members, together with the Executive Board, also attend to meet and confers that may arise during their tenure.

We are encouraging people to make contact with anyone they wish to nominate, and ascertain if they are willing to run and serve on a bargaining team. 

Nominations will close at 5:00 PM on October 9th of this year. This ballot will be conducted via electronic vote, so make sure that the local has your correct email on file. If there is any question as to that, please call or send an email to [email protected], and be sure to put “Email Update” in the subject line. The deadline for casting the electronic ballot will be one week from the close of nominations, presently set for 5:00 PM, October 16th, 2020. 

If there are only five nominees, and they accept the nomination, they will be declared to be the bargaining team by acclamation, and there will be no ballots sent out for voting.

We look forward to meeting the new team soon. 

In solidarity, 

Michael Ferreira 
President 
 
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