California Federation of Interpreters

Trial Update 

July 17, 2017

The trial in the internal charges against the former officers of the Local convened tonight at the CWA District 9 offices in Santa Fe Springs.  The case was scheduled to be from 5pm to 10pm.  And is calendared to continue each night until concluded.   The start of the trial was delayed until 5:30pm to accommodate late arrivals. The charged parties did not attend or present a defense. 
The parties were offered the opportunity to participate by video conference if they opted not to attend the trial in person.  One of the two charging parties did participate via "zoom" and was able to listen to the proceedings and to watch the testimony from Northern California. 

The charged parties decided not to participate and did not come to present their case or cross examine witnesses.  The one charged individual who had been afforded the opportunity to participate via zoom did not avail themself of the online system.  The Trial Body was insistent that any remote participant be on a video connection so that they knew that a phone connection was not being shared with non-members of the union.

The Prosecution rested their case in chief this evening at approximately 9:20pm.  Their closing argument is scheduled for 5pm on Tuesday evening. 

Members of the Local in Good Standing are entitled to attend the hearing in person, but the Trial Body decided not to offer watch only video access to the trial.  

The Trial Body will deliberate after the conclusion of the trial and will issue their report shortly thereafter.   That report will be posted on the members only section of the website. 

Sincerely, 

Carrie Biggs-Adams

Temporary Administrator

 

Local 39000 Update

July 10, 2017

CWA Convention Delegate
 
Ballots were counted last week in the election for TNG Conference and CWA Convention in August in Pittsburgh, PA.   Juan Ramirez was elected delegate and Daniel Kaufman was elected the alternate.  While the Local would have been entitled to up to 3 delegates to the CWA Convention and up to 6 delegates to the TNG Conference, we decided to only send one representative. 
 
This is an economic decision, as we pay off the back per capita obligation and outstanding legal bills.  The Local is obligated to pay the travel expenses of the trip to Pittsburgh, along with the wages for the delegate.  We are working hard to getting on a solid financial standing, but with three regions in bargaining, those expenses are a top priority in representing the members in wages, hours, and working conditions.
 
Our per capita payment plan was approved late last week.  As of this morning our delegate, and alternate who would attend in the event that Mr. Ramirez is unable to attend, are registered for the Conference and Convention.     
 
Bargaining Update Region 1
 
The Region 1 Bargaining Committee has completed their drafting work and their proposals have been submitted to TNG Contracts Committed for approval.  This is required by the TNG Constitution to be done at least 21 days before bargaining begins.  The first day of bargaining in Region 1 is scheduled for July 31st.
 
Internal Charges Trial
 
The trial in the case of the charges filed against the former officers of the Local is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 17 at 5pm in the CWA District 9 offices in Santa Fe Springs.  The case will be presented by prosecutor Suzie McAlister from Denver, the Trial Body are three officers of the national Trial Panel from around the country.  The case is scheduled to take place from 5pm to 10pm on successive evenings, all members in good standing of the Local are invited to attend. They expect the case to conclude in a couple of days.
 
Future of Local 39000 Meeting
 
On Saturday July 15, we will hold a meeting from 10am – 4pm at the Santa Fe Springs District 9 office.  As we move past the problems that led to the Temporary Administration, I hope that members who are interested in helping form the new Local structures will come together.  Discussion will include the structures in which we exist (Federal and State Laws; Constitutions and Bylaws of the national bodies and the Local) and how we fit in the CWA, TNG, and Local 39000.
 
Resources available from TNG (Legal Services), and the CWA (Strategic Industry Fund grants and others) programs. The CWA Legislative Political program, and resources that can support our lobbying will be explained as well.
 
Then we can discuss the policies and committees that the Local will need going forward. And Training offered by CWA District 9, as well as training for stewards in the CWA systems.
Lunch will be provided, as will be materials – so please RSVP by July 12 so that we can have enough of each.  RSVP to: info@local39000.org
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator

 

 

Delegate Election Results 2017

The ballots have been counted in the election for one delegate to represent Local 39000 at the TNG Sector Conference and CWA Convention.

Physical Ballots Issued:   6   

Physical Ballots Returned:   1

Ballots for Daniel Kaufman:  1

Ballots for Juan Ramirez:  0

 

Electronic Ballots Issued:  709

Invalid email addresses rejected: 23

Electronic Ballots Received:  165

Electronic Ballots for Daniel Kaufman:   79

Electronic Ballots for Juan Ramirez:  86

Total Votes for Daniel Kaufman:  80

Total Votes for Juan Ramirez:  86

Juan Ramirez is declared elected Delegate to the TNG Conference and CWA Convention representing Local 39000 for 2017.  Daniel Kaufman will serve as the Alternate in the event that Mr. Ramirez is unable to serve. 

Sincerely, 

Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator
Local 39000

Note: Turnout was 23% of all ballots issued. 
 

Local 39000 Update

June 30, 2017

Delegate Voting:

The election for delegate to the CWA Convention and TNG Conference will wrap up on July 4th.  So, if you haven’t voted yet – please find the email from Ballotbin and cast your vote.  If you requested a physical ballot it must be received in our office no later than Monday July 3rd.  Electronic balloting will close on July 4th at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time.  If you haven’t seen  your email from ballotbin – please check your spam filter or email: monsecfi@gmail.com
 
Results will be released on Wednesday July 5th.
 
Future of Local 39000 Meeting
On Saturday July 15, we will hold a meeting from 10am – 4pm at the Santa Fe Springs District 9 office.  As we move past the problems that led to the Temporary Administration, I hope that members who are interested in helping form the new Local structures will come together.   Discussion will include the structures in which we exist (Federal and State Laws; Constitutions  and Bylaws of the national bodies and the Local) and how we fit in the CWA, TNG, and Local  39000.
 
Resources available from TNG (Legal Services), and the CWA (Strategic Industry Fund grants and others) programs. The CWA Legislative Political program, and resources that can support our lobbying will be explained as well.
 
Then we can discuss the policies and committees that the Local will need going forward. And Training offered by CWA District 9, as well as training for stewards in the CWA systems.

Lunch will be provided, as will be materials – so please RSVP by July 12 so that we can have enough of each.  RSVP to: info@local39000.org
 
Reminder – Disciplinary Meetings
 
Under your Weingarten Rights, you have the right to ask for union representation in any case where the interview with management might lead to disciplinary action.  YOU must ask for representation, management will then wait until a steward is located.  You can also call the union office and we can represent you on the phone during a meeting if there is no one in the same office available.
 
Sincerely,
 
Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator

 

R1 Bargaining Committee Update

 June 26, 2017 

Your Region 1 Bargaining Committee attended a full-day caucus meeting on Friday, June 23 to work on contract proposals with attorney Christine Alvisurez's participation. Using your bargaining survey results, we outlined proposal topics, focusing on issues that members expressed as most pressing.

We discussed some of the exciting community-building efforts already underway (read report below). We also identified the need for volunteer leaders to aid with a Watch and Support Committee to take time off to attendupcoming bargaining sessions.

We received some beautiful knitted bow tie lapel pins made by some of our colleagues. Production and distribution of the bow ties is being coordinated through the CFI Region 1: Bargaining & Beyond Facebook group.

In the coming weeks, community-building efforts will continue. Remember to wear RED every Thursday, wear bow tie lapel pins every day, and get united to support your bargaining committee! 

Report from Community-Building Lunch: Thursday, June 22

The first Bargaining Update and Community Building Lunch at Grand Park in DTLA
was a great success, with close to forty interpreters from CCH, CJC, Metro, East LA and beyond in attendance, many decked out in “Thursday RED”.

The union provided lunch, and Daniel Kaufman, R1 Bargaining Team member spoke, touching on both the larger context of our bargaining and the specifics of the Bargaining Team’s preparations for the upcoming negotiations. He talked about the bargaining team members and spokesperson, the projected timeline and the importance of any member who had not yet done so, completing the survey to help the bargaining team have an accurate picture of which issues are of most importance to the membership.

He also emphasized the importance of member participation throughout the bargaining process, affirming that in addition to the bargaining team’s work, our success at the table is directly related to the level of involvement and support of the membership at large. A lively Q&A followed in which members expressed both hopes and concerns, and discussed some of the ways of getting involved and spreading the word.
 
One of the ways the team is asking members to show support is to wear RED every Thursday, and wear a red bow-tie pin* every day, as a show of support for our bargaining team and to let others know we are in contract negotiations.
 
*The Red Bow-Tie Pin project is the brainchild of the CCH knitters and crocheters, who have been busily needle-working away during lunchtimes and at home to create bright red bow-tie lapel pins to distribute to colleagues throughout the Region. All those inclined to hooks and needles are invited to join in - see CFI Region 1: Bargaining & Beyond Facebook page for simple instructions on both how to make and how to request bow-tie pins.
 
Don’t just rely on the grapevine for information: if you want to be in the loop, get up to the minute updates, hear it from the horse’s mouth - visit the CFI Region 1: Bargaining & Beyond Facebook page. Stay connected: together we are strong.
 
And stay tuned for the next Bargaining Update and Community Building Lunch, coming soon to a courthouse near you!

In Unity,

Your Region 1 Bargaining Team
Daniel Kaufman, Doris Vickk, Michael Ferreira, Pedro Ramirez, Robert Guerrerro
Spokeperson Christine Alvisurez, Esq., Kathleen Sinclair, Alternate

 

 

 
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