California Federation of Interpreters

Region 4 Bargaining Team Member Roster is Finalized

This is formally to announce that bargaining team member Alejandro González from Riverside has unfortunately resigned from the team yesterday. As there are two nominees for the now two open positions, Jimmie Villagrán (Orange) and Silvia San Martín (San Diego) are elected by acclamation into the open slots. We now have a complete team of five persons to go forward with Region 4 bargaining. I´d like to take the opportunity to welcome our two new members to the team and reiterate that this local will support the team’s efforts to get the best contract to present to the Region 4 membership for their approval. 

In unity,

Michael Ferreira

Candidates' Statements - Region 4 Bargaining Committee 

Silvia San Martin

In a region such as Region 4 where all five counties can be represented, all counties should be. I am running because San Diego is the only one that as of now does not have a seat.  I am running because I participated in the last round of negotiations and that knowledge and experience needs to be an integral part of the conversations. I am running because I am an active steward with an excellent record and a powerful voice, and more than anything else, I am running because of my love to our profession. 

Jimmy Villagran

My name is Jimmy Villagran and I have been a court interpreter for 19 years. I started with the courts when we were still independent contractors, so I’m quite aware that we have always been seen as the low man on the totem pole, treated as the court’s ugly step children. 
I know as well that the small gains we have achieved, have been the result of the blood, sweat and tears of many who came before me. We have seen highs and lows, and starting with this next round of negotiations, I will do my best so that we move in one direction: UP.
I’m currently in a place in life where I can dedicate the time and energy required to get the best contract possible. Our number one priority in Region 4 is a decent living wage now, and adequate increases in the future. As part of the bargaining committee, I will fight for the region as a whole: Orange County,  Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. I am not a politician. I’m not interested in who-said-or-did-what drama. My only job will be to help in negotiations for Region 4. 
There is power in unity. I believe that if we start creating division amongst ourselves, we stand no chance at making substantial changes at the table. It’s been proven time and again, a united front will get us the best possible results. I hope to count on your support.  
Thank you 

California supplemental paid sick leave coverage.

Calling all colleagues and union members!

As you are aware, many of you have had to use your own time when you have been exposed to COVID.  With the Omicron variant rapidly spreading, we are anticipating more and more people will need to take time off for themselves and/or their families.  Therefore, together with other labor unions, we are mobilizing to lobby Governor Newsom to reinstate the law mandating paid time off to anyone who needs to quarantine for Covid or assist a dependent when they are exposed.  

We are asking for everyone’s help in petitioning statewide leadership; the local is asking that each and every one of us contact the Governor and his staff using the information below.  To facilitate your participation in this endeavor we have prepared instructions and a message that you can simply copy and paste into the comments section on the Governor’s webpage.  

Share this with any other persons who wish to help reinstate the California supplemental paid sick leave coverage.  

In solidarity, 

Michael Ferreira


Instructions on how to Contact Governor Newsom

Go to:

Select "Have Comment"

Select “COVID-19” in “Please choose your subject:”

Select “Continue”; Select “Pro”

[You may write your own comment about the need for reinstating the California emergency paid sick leave for COVID related matters or use what is written below.]

California is presently experiencing a spike in the new highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19. As of January 13th, the California daily rate of new cases is 79,610 persons; the test positivity is 23% and still climbing. Although this variant may be milder than the Lambda and Delta versions, it has a level of contagious spread that will soon affect most, if not all of California’s citizens. The death rate is at a daily average of 46 souls. 

We are urging the Governor to reinstate the California supplemental COVID-19 paid leave benefits as soon as is practicable. The present strain of COVID is quickly creating rampant absenteeism that in the best scenarios is a week to ten days, and in the worst cases could be hospitalizations and being out of the workforce for upwards of a month. This is causing undue stress on families that are already under strain and suffering economic hardships. The more support given to working people now, the faster and easier it will be for them to return to providing the goods and services California needs.

For those of us who work in the court system, particularly those of us who provide language access, the high rate of absenteeism will negatively impact the citizenry’s ability to access justice. Justice delayed, is justice denied … reinstating the bank of California supplemental paid sick leave could be one of the many pieces that come together to form part of a solution to this COVID-19 crisis. Please reinstate the supplemental paid leave now!






Call for nominations for Region 1 and Region 4 Executive Board Members 

Hello Members of Regions 1 and 4. This communication serves as a formal call for nominations to fill two vacancies on the local’s Executive Board. Unfortunately, the two persons who were previously elected by acclamation are unable to continue in office. The bylaws are clear: if there is more than a six month period before the end of the term in office, we are obliged to run a special election to fill the position. 

Please pay close attention to the nomination process and the timelines outlined below. Also, please make sure that the local has your valid physical address and email.

Nominations open on January 26, 2022, please email your nomination to [email protected], nominations close on February 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Candidates must be members in good standing, accept the nomination and submit their candidate statement (500 words) by February 11, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. in writing at [email protected] 

The Ballots will go out by regular mail on February 16, 2022 and the Ballot count will take place on March 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.


EDD Hiring Language Access Officer

Hello Members,

We have been contacted by the EDD concerning an opening for a language services coordinator for their offices. This may be of interest to some of you, or other colleagues we work in the language field and are interested in exploring other possibilities besides the courts. 

From: "Repicky, Brendan@EDD" <[email protected]>
Subject: EDD Hiring Language Access Officer
Date: January 7, 2022 at 1:32:30 PM PST
To: "Repicky, Brendan@EDD" <[email protected]>

Good afternoon,

California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) is pleased to announce that it is recruiting for a new senior level Language Access Officer (LAO), who will be responsible for leading the agency’s multilingual access services.  To apply, please complete the required job packet by February 3, 2022

With new dedicated state funding, EDD is creating a language access unit directed by the LAO to expand multilingual services across all the Department’s services and programs.  The mission of the new unit is to provide quality translation and interpreter services to the Department’s limited or non-English speaking customers in order for them to have equal access to services and benefits that the Department oversees. Under the administrative direction of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer and the support of the Department’s senior leadership, the LAO is responsible for establishing, monitoring, and overseeing the Department language access services and efforts.  

The LAO will have broad leadership responsibilities over EDD’s multilingual access services, which will include: 

  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure equal access to the Department’s services and programs, including the Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave programs.
  • Conducting research and monitoring to determine the Department’s accessibility needs to comply with federal and state laws, and develop and implement plans to address those language access needs, including the Department’s new language access services required by AB 138 and its Language Access Plan.
  • Exercising supervision over the performance of the new language access unit’s professional, technical, and administrative staff and over the provision of third-party vendor translation and interpreter services.   
  • Leading the Department’s community engagement activities with linguistically marginalized communities to solicit their feedback and best practices, and effectively promote the Department’s programs with targeted communities.  
  • Leading the creation and implementation of a Multilingual Access Advisory Board comprised of community stakeholders, and oversee and administer a new $2 million CBO grant program to fund multilingual outreach and education activities.
  • Providing technical assistance and develop Department staff trainings and other educational activities administered by the multilingual access unit to expand culturally appropriate interpretive and translation services and projects across the Department.
  • Developing reports to the Legislature on the status of the Department’s multilingual access services and other activities responding to legislative inquiries and assisting in the Department’s communications and public engagement activities.  

EDD is seeking strong applicants with relevant experience for this senior leadership position, including those who have worked with linguistically marginalized communities.  For more information about the position and hiring process, please email the EDD recruitment team at[email protected], or visit  CalHR's "State Hiring Workshops" 3-part YouTube videos for advice on writing a strong Statement of Qualifications and for tutorials related to job application processes with the State of California:

Please help spread the word among your networks to promote this exciting new position to ensure that all California’s workers (including the one in five Californians who are limited English proficient) have fair and equal access to EDD’s programs and services.   Thank you.

Brendan Repicky
Stakeholder Liaison
[email protected]
State of California
Employment Development Department
PO Box 826880, Sacramento, CA 95814


Michael Ferreira
CFI President
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