California Federation of Interpreters

Region 2 Bargaining Committee Results:

The top five candidates are part of the bargaining committee.

Name                                             Votes

Kristina Ramsey 43
Margo Seely 42
Juan Jose Negrete 41
Shannon Raintree 39
Margaret Layman 38
Kristen Nickel 15

Stephany Magana

Maria Alvarez Caceros 13
Pedro Sahagun 12
Laura Villanueva 7


CFI Local 39000 will hold elections to form the Region 2 bargaining committee; the ballots will be sent to each member in good standing’s email on file with the local before the end of this week. 
As voting will be by electronic ballot, it will be important to make sure the local has your correct email.
The CFI executive board sought guidance in the local’s bylaws following concerns raised regarding the response time provided to potential candidates for accepting nomination to the bargaining committee.
In consultation with the by-laws, the board ruled that all nominees who accepted within five days from the nominations period’s closing date will be on the ballot.
Only union members in good standing are eligible to vote. If there is any doubt as to your qualification to vote, or if you wish to update your email address with the local, please contact us in writing at [email protected].
The time frame to return your vote will be seven business days from the date on which the ballots are sent.
If you do not receive a ballot by the end of business on Friday of this week, please contact the local at (562) 944-2341 or [email protected].
In solidarity,
CFI Local 39000 Executive Board

July 23, 2019


 Interpreter unit members who work full-time in the Los Angeles courts have received two letters from  the Coalition of County Unions (CCU)[1]indicating that there was a change negotiated with Los Angeles County that impacts interpreter unit member eligibility to qualify for the CAPE/Blueshield option in our Choicesbenefits plan.

To qualify for CAPE/Blueshield there are two conditions:

  1. Your unit’s union (in this case CFI Local 39000, TNG-CWA) must be a member in good standing with the Coalition of County Unions (CFI has joined and is a member of CCU);
  2. The unit member (that means you) must be a member in good standing with the interpreter unit’s representative union. In other words, one must be a member in good standing with CFI Local 39000, TNG-CWA.

Interpreter unit members who have been and continue to be members in good standing will be automatically qualified by virtue of CFI Local 39000 being a member of the CCU. However, if you are not a member of the local, you will not be qualified to elect the CAPE/Blueshield medical plan for 2020.

You may ask why this happened. According to the Region 1 MOU, our benefits and those held by other represented units in LASC are tied to what is negotiated between the CCU and Los Angeles County. 

If an interpreter unit member wishes to continue eligibility in this program, and you are not a member of CFI Local 39000, we encourage you to fill out and sign the membership and dues deduction cards, scan them, and email them to [email protected], with the originals to follow by US mail to:

California Federation of Interpreters
Local 39000, TNG-CWA
11823 East Slauson Ave, Unit 7
Santa Fe Springs, California 90670

It is imperative that the local receive these two documents before the close of business on Friday, July 26th, 2019, since the list of members in good standing must be sent to CCU no later than noon on Friday.

In solidarity,

Michael Ferreira, President
CFI Local 39000



Region 3 Bargaining


July 22, 2019

Dear Region 3 Members,

The Local and your Executive Board announce that Region 3 has a new Bargaining Committee elected by acclamation; the bargaining process will soon be prepared to begin. The Bargaining Committee Members are:

Rosa Trevizo, San Joaquin 

Carmen Ramos, San Joaquin 

Joseph Tobin, Sacramento 

Janet Hudec, Madera 

Spokesperson and legal counsel assisting in the process will be Laurie Burgess of Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP Law Firm.

Although there is going to be a trained labor attorney in the mix, it bears reminding ourselves that the real strength in bargaining comes from unity among the membership and a sound, if not vigorous mobilization plan. 

To that end, I am sending out a call to members to contact your bargaining committee and indicate your willingness to serve on the bargaining mobilization committee, insofar as planning, organizing, and carrying out the activities necessary to build unity and create actions on behalf of bargaining. Additionally, I invite the Region 3 members to email the Bargaining Committee with ideas that will help further their efforts, as well as include issues you feel should be addressed at bargaining[email protected]

In solidarity, 

Michael Ferreira



Dear members, 

On Saturday, August 17th, CFI Local 39000 will be hosting a training session for all members wishing to become stewards and/or update and refine their skills. Even if you are unsure as to making a commitment to become a steward, you are invited to find out what the “front line” of the labor movement looks like. 

The training is mandatory for anyone who wishes to be added to the steward lists for their Region/County. Some of the topics to be covered are:

-      Union structure, guiding documents, and protocols.

-      Role, Rights, and Responsibilities of a union steward.

-      How to memorialize, share communications, and collaborate on representation issues.

-      Grievances and their processing; arbitrations and their preparations; unfair labor practice filings (Public Employee Relations Board).

-      Open discussion about any issue of interest or concern..

The training will take place at the Local office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Please be on time. We ask that interested members respond to this email no later than the close of business on Thursday, August15, 2019.

For those who are based in Northern California and unable to come to the Santa Fe Springs office, the Local is planning for a steward training in Northern California.


Michael Ferreira
CFI President
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