California Federation of Interpreters

Fire Disaster Relief 

Dear fellow union members,

The fires that are happening California are devastating to our members. An official state of emergency has been declared as there are hundreds of wildfires continuing to blaze throughout the State. More than 120,000 acres of land have been scorched in both Northern and Southern California.  

Many have been left without power to the unprecedented heatwave that has consumed our State and made the air quality dip below dangerous levels. The horrific environment that has been affecting our Union Brothers and Sisters is the reason I am reaching out to you. We need to come together as a Family and help when and where we can. 

District 9 has set up a CWA Disaster Wildfire Relief 2020 Fund to help CWA members impacted by the fires. Every dollar donated to the CWA District 9 Disaster Wildfire Relief 2020 Fund will go directly to assist CWA members in need of shelter, clothing and household basics.

You can donate to the wildfire fund here: www.cwa-union.org/ca-wildfires

Checks may be made out to the CWA District 9 Disaster Wildfire Relief 2020 Fund and mailed to: 

CWA Local 9404 
Attn: Ginny Raines 
195 Glen Cove Marina Rd, Suite 101 
Vallejo, CA 94591 

Donations are not tax deductible. 

The national CWA Disaster Relief Fund also will help our members hurt by the fires. Click here to get the relief fund documents and more information about CWA District 9 efforts to help members impacted by natural disasters. 

It will take years for CWA families to recover and rebuild their lives. Please help our brothers and sisters by making a contribution. 

In Unity, 

Frank Arce, Vice President

Letter from D9 Vice President Frank Arce

Application for Assistance

 

 

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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