California Federation of Interpreters

Reforming the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) of the Social Security Act

A number of retiree groups from public employee organizations are forming a push to pass federal legislation reforming the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) of the Social Security Act. WEP adversely affects many of our members who will be retiring under a public employee pension system in that it reduces one’s social security payments (if one had another job and paid into the system before gaining employment in the courts) commensurate with one’s pension payments. Additionally, pensions and social security retirement payments are taxed! So removing this onerous WEP would alleviate to a great degree the economic hardships that retirees face. These groups are asking that we consider participating in this effort.

There is currently a petition drive for public retirees/employees to urge Congress to approve H.R. 2337. It only takes a couple of minutes to do this online; however, one needs to sign the petition before Memorial Day.

Click here to open the petition.

The WEP reduces the Social Security benefits of people who spent part of their working career in a job covered by Social Security and another part of their career in a job not covered by Social Security.

H.R. 2337, introduced by Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, would provide up to $150 a month in relief for those currently impacted by WEP and fixes the WEP for future retirees. Though we would prefer the complete repeal of WEP for all retirees, we are told the current approach is the only one that politically has a chance of passing.

H.R. 2337 holds harmless those retirees and active employees with substantial service under Social Security from an inadvertent reduction in Social Security benefits.

(To read a summary of each section of H.R. 2337, click here.)

Michael Ferreira
President
 

Fundraiser: Victims of the VTA shooting

Just yesterday there was a mass shooting that occurred within steps of where our members in San Jose work in the Juvenile Court. The persons killed were at a union meeting when this senseless tragedy happened. 
 
Our local has been asked to consider helping the victims and their families. To that end, I pass along the information and link for any member who may wish to help … in the words of labor activist David C. Coates: An injury to one is an injury to all.
 
In solidarity,
  
Michael Ferreira
President

Fundraiser: 

Wednesday many of us read or viewed the tragic news story regarding the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) shooting involving nine essential workers.  Reports conveyed the workers were meeting when the shooting began.   

Louie Rocha, Staff Rep, thanks for sharing.  A fundraiser was established on behalf of the victims' families.  For more details please utilize the link below. 

Please keep those who lost their life in your thoughts and if you are of faith in your prayers.     

  • Paul Delacruz Megia, 42
  • Taptejdeep Singh, 36
  • Adrian Balleza, 29
  • Jose Dejesus Hernandez, 35
  • Timothy Michael Romo, 49
  • Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40
  • Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63
  • Lars Kepler Lane, 63
  • Alex Ward Fritch, 49
 

CWAers Build Skills to Fight For Gender Justice and Equity

Last week CWAers in District 9 participated in our union's first ever pilot training on Fighting for Gender Justice & Equity. This training is designed to provide the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to effectively prevent and combat gender-based harassment and discrimination in our workplaces, our union, and our communities.

Over 35 members from across CWA District 9 participated in this training. They had honest and critical discussions around broader systemic issues such as patriarchy and sexism, the intersection of various identities with gender in the context of harassment, and the role they play as union leaders in building a broader movement for gender justice and equity. Participants also gained valuable skills on bystander intervention and how to address the different ways gender-based mistreatment shows up in the workplace and the union.

CWA District 9 Vice President Frank Arce welcomed participants to the training and Maggie McCormack, the National Women's Committee representative for District 9 and President of Local 9588, helped facilitate the training.

 

CFI Local 39000 members Silvia San Martín (R4 Board Rep) and Gabrielle Veit-Bermúdez participated and are shown in the screen shot! Your local doing its part for social justice and gender issues!

 

 

 

Call for Members to Help Form an Ad-hoc Technology Impact Committee

Over the last decade there have been many technological advances that have brought some fairly significant impacts to our profession, as well as the future interpreters face with respect to having a viable way to make a decent living. Although this local and our colleagues have been generally focused on video remote interpreting (VRI) and how that has brought problematic challenges and changes. There more advances in science and technology on the horizon that could have a similar, if not more profound bearing on the how language access happens in the courts. (Machine aided translation; Multilingual Artificial Intelligence; Multilingual Voice Recognition, etc.) 

It is clear that this local needs a group of dedicated individuals who can sift through data and make recommendations, as well as keep the board advised and informed about the present and upcoming technologies that could affect our profession and our ability to effectively bargain the impacts of such into the future. 

This is a call out to everyone who is interested in collaborating with fellow members from around the state in studying and formulating recommendations about how to address the impact of technology breakthroughs on our work life. 

If you would like to know more and be considered to be part of a new committee that will keep abreast of critical (and exciting) developments in our field, we need to hear from you. Please reply to this email, [email protected], and tell us a little bit about yourself and how you may be able to best contribute to the effort of this committee.

In solidarity,

Michael Ferreira
President
 

 

Office of Communications & Legislative Affairs      
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Washington DC 20507 
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MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2021

EEOC TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON APRIL 28 TO EXAMINE CIVIL RIGHTS IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN THE WORKPLACE

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold its first all virtual Commission hearing on Wednesday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers, the difficulties faced by employers in navigating potential employment discrimination issues raised by COVID-19, and future challenges the pandemic may present for employees and employers.

            The hearing will be held virtually, as a videoconference, via Zoom for Government and is open to the public, in accordance with the Sunshine Act. The public may observe the livestream or connect to the audio-only dial-in by following the instructions that will be posted on www.eeoc.gov. Closed captioning and ASL services will be available. We anticipate the links and audio-only dial-in information to be posted on Monday, April 26 and no later than 24 hours prior to the hearing.

            The Commission will hear testimony from a wide variety of experts on job discrimination and other barriers to employment during the ongoing health and economic crisis and how to help promote compliance with equal employment opportunity laws as employers and workers navigate unprecedented conditions. The Commission will hear from the following panelists during the hearing:

 Panel 1:                              

  • Heidi Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy, Economic Policy Institute
  • John Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
  • Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center               
  • Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO, Society for Human Resources Management 
  • Mónica Ramírez, Founder/President, Justice for Migrant Women, Co-founder, The Latinx House, Poderistas & Alianza Nacional de Campesinas 
  • Damon Hewitt, Acting President and Executive Director/Executive Vice President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Panel 2:

  • Eric Henson, Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon, and Research Fellow, The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development    
  • Julie Hocker, former U.S. Commissioner on Disabilities                      
  • Brian East, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Texas                                            
  • Michael Eastman, Senior Vice President, Policy and Assistant General Counsel, Center for Workplace Compliance                             
  • Laurie McCann, Senior Attorney, AARP Foundation
  • Amrith Kaur, Legal Director, Sikh Coalition                                                                           

        The Commission agenda is subject to revision.  A recording and transcript of the Commission hearing will be posted on www.eeoc.gov after the hearing. For information about the hearing, please contact Christine Nazer, Acting Director of Communications, at 202-921-4191.

         Members of the media are kindly asked to RSVP to [email protected] before April 28.

         The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates.                                   

   

Domonique Thomas, Assistant to the Vice President

CWA District 9 

 
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