California Federation of Interpreters

On behalf of CWA District 9 Frank Arce, Vice President

August 20, 2020

Dear Members,

The fires that are happening California are devastating to our members.  An official state of emergency has been declared as there are hundreds of wildfires continue to blaze throughout the State.  More than 120,000 acres of land have been scorched in both Northern and Southern California.  

Many have been left without power to the unprecedented heatwave that has consumed our State and made the air quality dip below dangerous levels.  The horrific environment that has been affecting our Union Brothers and Sisters is the reason I am reaching out to you.  We need to come together as a Family and help when and where we can.

District 9 has set up a CWA Disaster Wildfire Relief 2020 Fund to help CWA members impacted by the fires.  Every dollar donated to the CWA District 9 Disaster Wildfire Relief 2020 Fund will go directly to assist CWA members in need of shelter, clothing and household basics.

You can donate to the wildfire fund here:

Checks may be made out to the CWA District 9 Disaster Wildfire Relief 2020 Fund and mailed to:

CWA Local 9404
Attn: Ginny Raines
195 Glen Cove Marina Rd, Suite 101
Vallejo, CA 94591 

Donations are not tax deductible.

The national CWA Disaster Relief Fund also will help our members hurt by the fires.  Click here to get the relief fund documents.

It will take years for CWA families to recover and rebuild their lives.  Please help our brothers and sisters by making a contribution. 

In Unity,

Frank Arce, Vice President




Call for Nominations for CFI Local 39000

Interim Elections for Region 2 Board Representative and Bargaining Team

As there was an appeal filed concerning the Region 2 nominations and elections for the region’s Board Representative, and the Elections Committee ruled in favor of the appeal, the Executive Board convenes new elections for both the Region 2 Board Representative and five Bargaining Team members. The remedy instructions from the Elections Committee specify to completely redo the election for Region 2 Board Representative, from nominations period onward. So …
Nominations are now open for the following Executive Committee position:
Region 2 Board Representative

Also, nominations are now open for the following:

5 Members of the Bargaining Team for Region 2 

For the Region 2 Representative the term of office will begin upon election and completion of officer training and run through December 31, 2021. 

The Bargaining Team’s term of office will be until the end of the new contract that is negotiated; the elected team members, together with the Executive Board, also attend to meet and confers that may arise during their tenure.
Candidates for both the Region 2 Board Representative and Bargaining Team members may be nominated by any bargaining unit CFI Local 39000 member from that region.

Nominations formally open on August 21st, 2020 and the Candidates must accept their nomination no later than August 28th, 2020, before 5:00 PM. Additionally, it is suggested that the candidate include a statement with their email accepting the nomination.  Please send emails with your nominations clearly indicated to:  [email protected].

Candidates for Region 2 Board Representative must be members in good standing, accept the nomination in writing, and agree to participate in training to be scheduled by the CWA within 3 months of taking office.
In the event of a contested race for any position, a secret ballot election will be conducted. Regarding the Bargaining Committee, if there are more than 5 distinct candidates nominated, a secret ballot election will be conducted. 

Presently, the date slated for the Ballot Count is September 19th, 2020. 

In solidarity,

CFI Local 39000 Executive Board



California Federation of Interpreters Local 39000 TNG-CWA


Interim Elections for Executive Board

Date of Election: 08/01/2020                        Tally Location: Local Offices Santa Fe Springs, California

The undersigned acted as Election Officials or Observers at the tally of the ballots cast in the election referenced above.

We certify that the ballot tally was fairly and accurately conducted, the secrecy of the ballots was maintained, and that the election results were as indicated below.


Number of Ballots:                              304

Valid Ballots Counted:                        93

Totally Void Ballots:                              2

Unresolved Challenged Ballots:         0

Total Ballots Cast:                              95



Candidate, Region 1 Board Representative                                     Votes

Victoria Rea                                                                                        51

Mónica Almada                                                                                   42

Candidate, IGA/Freelance Chair                                                           

Johanna Valle Sobalvarro                                                         By Acclamation


Members present via Zoom Meeting (COVID19 Pandemic)

Silvia San Martín, Rosa Trevizo, Johanna Valle (IGA), Carmen Ramos, Victoria Rea

Election Committee: 

Susana Valencia
Robert Guerrero
Gary Curtis

Region 1 Representative

Candidates Statements

Monica Almada 

My name is Monica Almada and I am a CFI steward. I noticed our situation at work has incrementally (and rapidly) worsened in the last few years. Different groups were suffering different abuses by administrators, supervisors, dispatchers, etc. - myself included. 

Region 1 is in desperate need of attention.  I want to be the person to step up amid the low morale, to remind everyone that just as we manifest our own reality, we create our union every day with our words, choices, and actions. This means that we CAN create a strong group of colleagues, united by our common goals: to establish a new era of equality, a new era where we are treated as Professionals, and where our voices are heard!

Being a floater for many years (currently an A status floater) gave me the opportunity to see the different realities and cultures within our community of interpreters in different courthouses. I would always ask questions and listen to my colleagues express how they feel about their work environment, the union, their supervisors, etc. A common denominator: the feeling of having no voice, no representation, no defense against the abuses. I, myself, was frustrated to the point I gave up all hope; but since July of last year, we were finally allowed to have our own Board! The amount of work (incidents) that has been piling up in those years became enormous. I understood the union needed immediate help, and despite having a very busy personal life, I became a steward. 

I quickly identified the areas in which I could be of great help; one of them being communication! It is where it all starts. I believe with a fluid regular communication between all our colleagues and the union, we will be able to rapidly identify problems, determine the necessary course of action, and most importantly, be there for each other. Communication is not just talk. It is also about understanding; and with understanding comes healing.

I am willing and eager to work with you in solidarity, to protect and defend our rights against those with negative agendas, and to build a loving and effective work environment. 

It is just a matter of making a key decision: To make this happen together! Are you in?


Victoria Rea

My name is Victoria Rea, and I am very excited and grateful to receive this nomination for the position of Region 1 Representative of Local 39000.I have been a court interpreter for 15 years, and I have seen firsthand the positive impact the Union has had on our hardworking group of court interpreters. As a steward representative, colleague, and co-worker, I have fought to achieve what we are all striving for: work stability and security, fair and good wages, equality in the workplace, and benefits, which truly impact all of us as employees of the court. Especially during these unprecedented and unpredictable times, I continue to dedicate time and efforts to furthering the goals of the Union. My efforts as a steward have been instrumental in ensuring our interests and rights are protected. As a steward, I have fought against the elimination of interpreter positions, have worked to ensure that interpreters have proper equipment to carry out our work, and ensure that my colleagues have the information they need to thrive in the workplace. Having observed several meetings and negotiations with the administration and bargaining teams, I have seen firsthand the dedication and hard work it takes to ensure our rights and interests as interpreters are protected. I have also gained the trust of my colleagues as a steward, and I am consistently available to my colleagues in providing support and information when they reach out. I am ready and eager to take on the role of Representative and to continue fighting to promote better working conditions and improve the quality of our workplace environment. Having observed many experienced court interpreters involved in the union, I know the time and tireless efforts it takes to work towards better benefits, increased wages, and a better working environment for court interpreters, and I am ready to contribute to the cause as a Region 1 representative.  



CFI Local 39000 Interim Elections for Vacant Executive Board  

July 15, 2020

Elected by Acclamation (unopposed):

Freelance                                            Johanna Valle

Nominations for Region 1 Representative

Monica Almada 

Victoria Rea

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