California Federation of Interpreters

Support your Southern California colleagues

as they fight for professional wages and language access!

                                                                                                                                                                     (In Orange County – June 2019)
Dear CFI members all over California,

Region 4 courts (covering San Diego, Imperial Valley, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Inyo counties) want the unfettered ability to use Video Remote Interpreting without safeguards and refuse to provide employee interpreters a long overdue significant raise to cover rising pension contributions and cost of living. 

The courts are still refusing to add “court location” in the agreement when it comes to VRI. Why? We believe it’s because they are planning to have interpreters work from remote locations such as someone’s home, hotel … We just don’t know how far “remote” will be. 

Courts also claim they want to reward interpreters for doing VRI and are offering us a 25% stipend that we have rejected several times, but they won’t monetize even a small percentage of that stipend into wages for all. We don’t think it’s fair. More importantly, we don’t think it is good for the present — and the future— of our profession. 

We’re rallying again at noon on Tuesday, September 3, the day before our bargaining committee goes into mediation. Even if you can’t be there with us, you can show that you stand with us by:

  • Wearing red 
  • Posting letters/signs of support for your CFI Region 4 colleagues
  • Sending pictures to [email protected]or simply replying to this email and attaching your pics so we can post on line.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

We need you and the rest of the regions!

Our campaign flier:


Steward Training

Last August 17th the Local trained a total of eleven stewards, eight of whom were new or returning stewards who had been inactive for some time. Their names and Courts follow:
Region 4:
Tania King – Riverside
Nancy Wilson – San Bernardino
Diana Lopez – Imperial
Alejandro Gonzalez – Riverside
Gemma Yosick – San Diego
Silvia San Martin – San Diego
Region 1:
Roberto Villalta – Los Angeles
Victoria Rea – Los Angeles
Francisca Valencia – Los Angeles
Lucilla Ritterstein – Santa Barbara

Unfortunately, there were no attendees from Orange County. If you know of anyone who wishes to be trained as a steward in counties of Orange, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, please let the Local know. We will set up an event.
There are plans for more trainings in the future; the next round being in Northern California before the year’s end. Please contact the Local if you would like to attend steward training in Northern California. Additionally, there will be topic-specific trainings given by our retained law firm subsequent to the initial steward workshop.
All of the new and returning stewards were presented for approval to the Local’s Board on August 27th and were approved. It should be noted that Roxana Cardenas (Los Angeles) was also reinstated, having previously been an active long-time steward for Region 1. We are building our front line of defense for our members’ labor rights and the MOU!


As members in a profession who are deeply dedicated toward breaking down barriers, linguistic and others, this is a call from our Union to help stamp out racism and bigotry in our country. The Local encourages you to participate in the petition; additionally, we encourage you to participate in the TNG-CWA’s social justice programs & committees.


Our CWA brothers and sisters have asked our members for support on the legislative issues expanded on below. We should specifically see the benefit of controlling the offshoring and externalization of call centers, as there are indications that Video Remote Interpreting call centers are being set up several Spanish-speaking countries specifically to provide language services in the United States. By helping to protect our CWA colleagues’ jobs, we are most definitely protecting our own. We encourage you to help in this campaign, as outlined below.

Dear CWA Activist:

This legislative session our priorities have been supporting and trying to pass AB 1677 (Call Center bill) that we are sponsoring and AB 1066 (Unemployment Strike Benefit) that we are co-sponsoring. We are also opposing and trying to defeat AB 1366 (VOIP bill). I want to thank everyone of you that have taken action on our CWA Legislative priorities.

Many of you have shown up to numerous committee hearings and have sat for hours to be able to stand up at the mic to take a position. Others have sent emails and made calls.  While some of you have come to the Capitol to personally lobby your legislator and  others have gone to their legislator's District to lobby. Please know that whatever action you have taken towards our priorities, I am forever grateful and appreciate everything you have done. 

We are now headed towards the finish line and need all hands on deck to meet our goals. We need every single CWA member in California to send an email to their Senator. We should have thousands of you participating, because not only is it easy, it's important! We have drafted the email for you, so no worries about what you need to write.



Now is not the time to let up -- we must keep the emails coming to make sure our legislators know that CWA doesn't back down when it comes to standing up for our values! 

Please take a few minutes to write your State Senator and ask them to support AB 1677 and AB 1066 and to OPPOSE AB 1366! Click here to send a letter!

In solidarity and gratitude,

CWA District 9 Legislative and Political Team

CWA District 9


District 9 North
2804 Gateway Oaks Dr. #150
Sacramento, CA 95833

District 9 South
12215 Telegraph Rd. #210
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Text CWAACTION to 69866 to Join Our Rapid Response Text List
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Executive Board Elections 2019 - Region 3 Representative

Elected by Acclamation: Rosa Trevizo


I have over thirteen years of experience as a Spanish interpreter.    I attended and received my education to become a professional interpreter at San Joaquin Delta Community College in 2006.   Subsequently, I worked as a freelance interpreter for about eight years and on February 2014 I became certified.   I continued my employment as a freelance Spanish interpreter for about a year and a half after I received my accreditation.   In November 2015, I was offered a position with the San Joaquin County Superior Court; where I am presently employed; currently assigned to the Juvenile Justice Center in French Camp, California.    

I have had the opportunity and the honor of working in many of our northern California courts as well as working in the private sector.  Throughout the years I have developed a very strong and clear understanding of our profession and I am passionate for the service we provide as interpreters.   My objective as Representative of Region 3 is to commit to listen to you and be the conduit of communication between you –the members and our union.  I also would like to continue thriving to make our profession extraordinary with the compensation and recognition we all deserve.  These past negotiations, I was actively involved in the mobilizing efforts. 

I currently reside in the city of Galt where I live with my husband of twenty four years.  We have four wonderful children.  I enjoy traveling, reading, helping people and spending time with my family. 


Rosa Trevizo 

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