Chris Deruyte
Region 3 Representative

I gratefully accept the nomination to serve as Region 3 Representative. I have 26 years experience as a court interpreter, and have been a full-time employee interpreter in Sutter County since 2003. I have gained great respect over the years for the many dedicated individuals who have worked so hard for so long to establish high standards for our profession, and fought for recognition of our value as professionals in the legal system.
I helped lobby for the law that gave us the opportunity to become benefitted employees and the right to bargain. CFI supported me when an issue arose with my court regarding work hours and report and release times. We won our arbitration hearing, and created a precedent for all Region 3 employee interpreters regarding report and release times.
As your Region 3 Representative, I would promote unity, cooperation and progress in Region 3. We need to resist the anti-union sentiment and divide-and-conquer strategies being promoted by those who do not have our best interests in mind. I would do my best to keep the interpreters in Region 3 informed and engaged with CFI, and would encourage you to share your ideas and concerns, make CFI a stronger
organization, and stand firm together for what is best for our profession.
I am interested in working with a strong statewide team and hope this election will get us back to the business of improving our union. I endorse Delia Castro for Secretary, Katy Van Sant for Treasurer, Juan Ramirez for VP, and Mary Lou Aranguren for President.