California Federation of Interpreters

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

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:

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:

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. 

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