California Federation of Interpreters

Lost in Translation:

Interpreter Shortage Deprives Justice in Santa Clara County Courts

By John Flynn/Metro Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE _ An interpreter shortage has people giving up their rights, judges acting unethically and court officials saying everything is fine. Read the full investigative report.


Region 1

CFI set to meet with Los Angeles Court in July 

LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2016) _ Member meetings held in three court locations in May were well attended. Meetings with Los Angeles Superior Court administration on the impacts of civil expansion have been stalled. CFI made a series of proposals on April 8 to address impacts of staffing shortages on professional standards and interpreter working conditions. The court has yet to respond to our proposals and took nearly two months to give us a next date to meet. Our next meeting is set for July 12. 


Region 1 

CFI reaches tentative agreement on pension with San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO (JUNE 23, 2016) _ CFI reached a tentative agreement with the San Luis Obispo court to address the same pension issue interpreters in other courts face.


Region 2

Refusal to Bargain Over Pension Cutbacks

(June 22, 2016) _ Interpreters in a half dozen Region 2 courts face significant loss of take-home pay as courts are eliminating employer payment of pension contributions that had been in place for many years.

The impact varies from court to court, but is between 2% and 6.8% of income. On the high end, people are looking at a loss of take-home pay of between $5,000 and $6,000 per year. Affected courts include Santa Clara, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Marin, and Mendocino Counties. Napa and Santa Cruz had previously changed pension contributions without bargaining over the impact. More than half of the interpreters in the region are affected.


Regions 2 and 3 Bargaining

CFI Preparing for Contract Negotiations 

OAKLAND (June 21, 2016) _ The nominations period in Regions 2 and 3 closed on June 16, and an election will be run through electronic balloting if enough nominations are accepted to hold an election.