California Federation of Interpreters

CWA Temporary Administration Report Released Update

June 13, 2017

Dear Members,

The report on the Temporary Administration has now been released.  You will find it posted under the members only section.

Reminder: Those interested in being delegates to the TNG Sector Conference and the CWA Convention should email their interest in the next day or two - as nominating petitions and candidates statements are due by Friday June 16th. 

Finally, members in Region 1 should be filling out their bargaining and interpreter surveys.  The Region 1 Bargaining Committee is collecting information, and preparing to draft proposals, and they will appreciate your input. 

Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator

Local 39000 Update

June 9th, 2017

Bargaining Region 1
Bargaining Regions 2
Bargaining Region 3
Decision Due Temporary Administration
Decision Internal Charges
Annual CFI Conference
CWA Convention & TNG Sector Conference Delegate Election

Bargaining Region 1

The Bargaining Committee for Region 1 met this week for the first time at the CWA District 9 office in Santa Fe Springs.  They have prepared a timeline for bargaining, sent out (today) their surveys, and met with attorney Christine Alvisurez to set calendar and plan how to draft proposals.
Members of Region 1 please participate in the surveys that you received by separate email.
Bargaining Region 2

Informational meetings are being held on Saturday June 10th in Oakland and San Mateo to discuss the last best and final offer made by Region 2.  A poll on members’ reactions to the offer will be conducted at the meetings. 
Bargaining Region 3

The parties have agreed to go to state mediation on this contract.
Decision Due Temporary Administration

We have been advised that the decision of the Hearing Officer (CWA VP Brenda Roberts) has been submitted to the CWA President and Executive Board.  As soon as the former officers have received their copy of the decision, it will be posted on the Local’s website and be released to the membership.  I expect that to happen within a few days.

Decision - Internal Charges

The CWA Staff member who was investigating the charges filed against the former officers has submitted her report to the CWA President.  The charges were found to have merit and the CWA Executive Board has accepted the report and appointed a National Trial Panel Court.  The 3 members of the national trial panel are:
Kevin Condy, President, Local 1101, Chair; 
Judy Bruno, President, Local 3406; and
Diane Bailey, President, Local 4310.
The trial will be held at CWA District 9 Office in Santa Fe Springs, they are currently looking at dates in mid-late July with plans to hold the hearing in the evenings so that members can observe, if they so desire.

Annual CFI Conference 

Please send ideas for presenters, or subjects that you would like for CIMCE Credit at the annual conference. Volunteers who want to work on planning the conference are also being requested.  Send your emails to Eva Vargas, [email protected]

CWA Convention & TNG Sector Conference Delegate Election
Nominations are open for one more week for members in good-standing who are interested in running for the one delegate to represent the Local at the TNG Sector Conference and then the CWA Convention.  If you are interested please email your name to [email protected] no later than Wednesday June 15, since you will need to get your petition filled out and returned by Friday June 17th.  The election for delegate will be run via electronic voting, for all members in good-standing in the Local.
In Solidarity,
Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator




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.
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