California Federation of Interpreters


June 2, 2017

CWA Convention Delegate
We have submitted a request for a payment plan to CWA, that we expect to have approved.  With that plan, the Local will be entitled to a delegate to the CWA Convention (August 7th and 8th) and the TNG Conference (August 4th and 5th) in Pittsburgh, PA. 
Nominations will open today, and close two weeks from today for members in good standing who are interested in running to represent the Local.  The runner-up will be named the Alternate and only go to the meetings if something happens to prevent the Delegate from serving. If you are interested in running, please notify me at: [email protected] and we will send you the nominating petition to get filled out and submit.
We have received permission to run the balloting electronically for this race (to save on postage and other expenses) and to save time as we must have our delegates named by early July.
Annual Conference – Speakers and Assistance Sought
As previously announced, we have confirmed with the Hilton Oakland Airport that the annual conference will be held October 6-9.  The deposit of $14,666 was paid last week, and now it is on to the planning.  Eva Vargas is working on speakers and presenters.  So, if you heard someone speak previously and thought they were wonderful, please let her know their name and contact information (if you have it).  If you would like to volunteer to work on the committee that is planning the event, please contact Eva as well.  [email protected]
Books are Closed on 2016
Today we received the complied financial statement from the bookkeeping company and the information was sent off immediately to the CPA who is preparing our audited financial reports and the forms that come from that.  We hope that will be finished in a couple of weeks now that the current information is in hand.  When we have a certified audit back from the CPA it will be posted on the website.
Region 1 Bargaining Committee
Our Region 1 Bargaining Committee will meet this coming Wednesday for the first time with Christine Alvisurez.  They will start building the mobilization structure, and drafting contract proposals.  Once they have met and coordinated their personal schedules they will set bargaining dates with the Courts. Their bargaining survey should be sent out shortly.
We continue making progress and getting the Local’s back per capita payments caught up, today we paid January 2017.  Our payment plan is that we will pay the next month of per caps every 4 weeks.  This is the best we can do inside the cash flow of the Local and continuing to pay our regular obligations and expenses.
Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator
[email protected]


Video of Comments to Judicial Council

CFI Urges Judicial Council to Support Compensation Improvements
SAN FRANCISCO _ CFI continued advocating for improving court interpreter compensation and rectifying disparate impacts and pay inequities during the latest Judicial Council meeting on May 18.
Watch the meeting, which includes an update on the Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force, and listen to the comments from CFI representatives




Region 3 Update

Region 3: Mediation Scheduled for July

SACRAMENTO _ CFI and the Region 3 Courts are set to go to mediation on July 7 in an effort to reach an agreement.
The State Mediation and Conciliation Service assigned a mediator after the two sides agreed a mediator could help resolve outstanding issues.
Negotiations resumed May 9 after members resoundingly rejected the Region's Last Best and Final Offer (LBFO) of March 15, 2017. The Region’s offer asked members to give up employee protections and priority for work.
CFI made a counter proposal on May 9 for a 3-year deal with a 16% in wage increases overall, minus provisions that would compromise employee rights and protections. The Region did not counter that and instead proposed mediation, saying there is no offer on the table from the Courts.
Your CFI Region 3 Bargaining Committee has been negotiating with the Courts since late July 2016; our contract expired September 30, 2016.

Region 2 Update

Notice of Membership Meeting June 10, 2017

Region 2 Ratification Vote or Strike Mode

SAN FRANCISCO (MAY 31, 2017) _ CFI's Region 2 bargaining committee returns to the table tomorrow (Thursday, June 1) for what promises to be a make or break session.
We are very close to a tentative agreement and the Region’s committee has gone back to consult with its principals on a key issue. The outcome hinges on whether the Region agrees to treat all interpreters fairly in terms of the financial benefits webargain. The Region’s position previously would disadvantage many members and is not a workable deal. 
If that issue is resolved this Thursday, we expect to hold a meeting on June 10 to discuss the terms of a tentative agreement and carry out a ratification vote.  
If we don't reach a tentative agreement, we will need to meet to discuss preparations for further strike actions region wide.
Either way, please save the date _  Saturday, June 10 _ for what will be an important meeting. 
Time and location to be announced.

Temporary Administration Hearing

Final Update 

Santa Fe Springs (April 25, 2017)
The hearing re-convened this morning at 9am, and concluded at 3:20pm.  
Hearing officer CWA District 7 Vice President Brenda Roberts has announced that her ruling will issue 30 days after receipt of the transcript.  The court reporter hired by CWA has said that she will have the transcript submitted in 2 weeks.  That should be roughly about June 8th.

Marian Needham Executive Vice President of TNG presented the case in support of Temporary Administration and Local 39000 Steward Juan Ramirez presented the case in opposition. 


Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator
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