California Federation of Interpreters

In Memoriam Felix Tobin

 It is with great sadness we inform you that Felix Tobin, Spanish interpreter since 1983, passed away on January 7th, 2021, in the comfort of his sister’s home in Calabasas. He had been suffering a long illness not related to COVID-19.

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In Memoriam Sergio Cafaro

Beloved Downtown LosAngeles Interpreter Succumbs to COVID-19

Sergio Cafaro, a certified Spanish-language interpreter in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, a committed and passionate public servant who earned the admiration and love of his fellow court interpreters, died Jan. 12 from complications due to COVID-19. He was 56.

Mr. Cafaro, who lived in Thousand Oaks, had been hospitalized at Los Robles Regional Medical Center since late-December. His wife, Delia, confirmed his death yesterday in a telephone call with Mr. Cafaro's colleague, interpreter Daniel Sosa.

Known for his warmth, peaceful spirit, and devotion to work – he never missed a day on the job during the nine-month COVID-19 pandemic – Mr. Cafaro was a friendly presence at the Clara Shortridge-Foltz Criminal Justice Center, popularly known as the Criminal Courts Building, or CCB.

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Letter to LASC President Judge Taylor

January 19, 2021

Honorable Judge Eric C. Taylor
Presiding Judge's Office, Room 222

111 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dear Judge Taylor:

The California Federation of Interpreters (CFI) in representation of the interpreter employees of Los Angeles Superior Court would like to bring to your attention that on Tuesday, January 12th, one of our interpreter colleagues died after contracting COVID on the job in the courts. He was among a group of approximately seventeen interpreter employees who were exposed because management had denied paid release to quarantine to an interpreter who had self-identified as having been exposed to a COVID-positive individual at work.
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What CWA Members Should Know About the First COVID-19 Vaccinations 

There has been a lot of news recently about COVID-19 vaccinations. Today, an independent panel of experts is holding a vote on whether or not to recommend that the FDA approve the first COVID-19 vaccine under the agency's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) process. The vaccine is made by Pfizer. Limited distribution of vaccine doses will be sent to states next week, and there are other vaccines under development. Having many different vaccines that have been tested to make sure they are effective and safe and have been approved by the FDA will help speed production and distribution.

It will be a while before everyone is able to get a vaccine, and the availability of vaccines will not immediately end the pandemic. Record numbers of people are hospitalized with COVID-19 and deaths have been increasing in every age group. Epidemiologists expect cases to continue to surge over the next few months. Every one of us should take steps to stop the spread.

It's critical that employers provide workplace protections and that CWA members fight for improved protections and safeguards. Members should continue to observe basic public health measures, both inside and outside of work, to keep themselves and their families safe and stop the spread of the virus. Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, stay at least 6 feet apart, and avoid gatherings with other people, particularly in indoor spaces. The more steps you take, the more you are protected against COVID-19.

The states will determine who will be prioritized to get the vaccines in their state and how the distribution will be carried out. For this first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, states will likely be following the CDC's recommendations, which means that CWA-represented healthcare workers will be among the first to be vaccinated. Employers are setting up the process for vaccinations for healthcare workers, including where healthcare workers will be able to get vaccinations. CWA locals are working with employers to understand the distribution and prioritization plan and to ensure that employers will be providing adequate vaccine education to eligible members.

Your state's Department of Public Health website has the most up-to-date information about your state's COVID-19 vaccination plan.

For additional information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

Michael Ferreira

President
CFI Local 39000 TNG-CWA
 

New California OSHA Guidelines concerning COVID-19

https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2020/2020-98.html

 

 
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