Membership Update

President's Recap for the Year

This will be my last update for 2015…

As we approach the end of our first year as an independent interpreter-only local, it’s time to recap how far we have come in these past twelve months.

Financially, we have exceeded our own expectations and, we’re proud to say, due to much better bookkeeping practices and an austere use of resources and organizational leave, we will clear well over $100,000 by the end of this month. Actually, our account has a balance of over a quarter of a million dollars but after subtracting pending bills and per caps payments CFI Local 39000 will have generated a profit of nearly $150,000 for the year.

While these numbers are impressive, they only tell part of the story. By 1/31/2015 our balance was $16,364.53 with an average daily ledger balance of $7,731.17. Compare that to the 11/30/2015 balance of $273,347.01 (and an average of $261,613) and clearly this is a tight and successful operation.

We have a staff of four full time employees and one on paid release for slightly less than a full time equivalent position. Two different law firms are on retainer as well as our lobbyist. It took several months to get our dues and our per caps in order but we have now established an efficient system that tracks the money coming in and allows us to monitor better than ever, though by no means in a perfect fashion, the number of active members we have – nearly 900!

Our stewards list has never been more extensive. Our not so new website is allowing staff and members to have an improved means of communication. We have put out more updates in the past year than in many of the previous years combined. In spite of some serious resistance on the part of CWA early on, we can happily report that a new system instituted by your executive board and carried out by our recently founded grievance and arbitration committee is nearing 100% approval for legal assistance for arbitrations and PERB hearings. 

We reached an agreement with the Region 4 courts on a new contract and successfully negotiated PEPRA issues in Regions 2, 3 and 4. CFI is a constant presence at Judicial Council meetings, LAP hearings and the LAP Implementation Committee, the CIAP and in Sacramento. We have kept VRI at bay though we are still very much concerned with its use and the courts’ relentless push to initiate it, in spite of its clear limitations and rights violations. Just because you haven’t seen it in your neck of the woods, or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough not to have heard of it, don’t think it’s not on its way to a court near you. Only together can we stop it.  Please remain vigilant!

Our conference in Oakland was a resounding success, and even though we didn’t have as much time to plan and prepare for it, 258 interpreters paid to attend: 131 employees, 114 contractors and 13 students. We brought in over $90,000 and have cleared a little less than $30,000. Does that sound like a resounding success to you? Well, I think we can do better. It should be the premier destination for interpreters everywhere and the type of event that people talk about all year long as they prepare to attend again. What’s the point of not reaching for the sky?

Since we now have a members’ only section, please take a look at the quarterly report prepared by our bookkeeping firm SFBay Financial for the first three quarters of they year. You’ll be able to view quarterly reports from now on in this section.

That’s it for 2015 – to say it’s been busy would be an understatement of epic proportions but that’s the way it’s always been and there’s no indication it will ever change.

Have the most wonderful of holiday seasons and a phenomenal 2016!

ariel