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Longevity Bonus Update

Dear Region 1 Members,

This message is to further inform you regarding some proper compensation levels that have come up regarding the “longevity bonus” paid out last September, and the actions taken by the Local to resolve the matter. LASC administration has responded to our concerns regarding the amount received by those who the Union sees as fully qualifying members.

The administration has confirmed that indeed several members did not receive the correct amount, or no amount at all, and in a conversation that local president Mike Ferreira had with Joi Williams, deputy director of Equity and Labor Relations, she indicated that the Court will conduct an audit to correct this issue. 
 
At this moment we are holding back on a previous decision to file a grievance on behalf of our members while the Court works to remedy the situation. However, should it become necessary, the Union always reserves the right to exercise this action in the future. Please stay tuned, there will be more information soon.
 
Should you have any further questions about the matter, please contact us at the emails below.

In solidarity,

Victoria Rea – [email protected] 
Pedro Ramirez Navas – [email protected]
(LASC “Children’s Court” Stewards)
 

Steward Training in Northern California

Dear CFI Members, 
 
Your local is sending out the clarion’s call for people who are interested in becoming stewards! In accordance with Article III, Section 9 of our Bylaws, we are asking for nominations for stewards to serve at your work site, or within your home court’s jurisdiction; yes, that means that even if you’re not sure if you personally wish to become a steward, you can nominate someone you believe would be a good candidate, and we will ask then to join our northern California training.

It’s worth mentioning that if you are unsure whether you want to commit to becoming a steward, you are still 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 projected target for a weekend training date is sometime at the end of November, beginning of December; those who respond will be updated as to the time and place. The morning session will be primarily geared towards new stewards, and the afternoon will have some more specific foci for experienced stewards; we are arranging for our legal counsel, to give a presentation on labor issues to be aware of, as a steward. 

Please send your name and contact info to [email protected] with the subject line of Northern California Steward Training 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
All my best, in solidarity

Michael Ferreira
President
CFI Local 39000 TNG-CWA
 

There are still opportunities for interpreters to give back to their communities in offering pro bono interpreting to help those in need of access to asylum. This round of efforts is focused mainly on verifying compliance with the Flores decision; it’s about children and adolescent minors being cared for properly while in custody … it’s for basic human rights, and that’s what unions are about. I encourage members to see if they can spare a day and help.

In solidarity … with humanity …

Michael Ferreira, President
California Federation of Interpreters

Dear volunteer lawyers, doctors, paralegals, and interpreters,

We would like a small number of volunteer monitors to join court-approved interviews of Flores class member minors detained at CBP facilities in the Tucson, El Centro, San Diego Sectors on October 03- 04, 2019 and the RGV and El Paso CBP Sectors October 10-11, 2019. We are writing to invite lawyers, doctors, paralegals, and interpreters to participate in one or more days of class member interviews. The purpose of these monitoring visits is solely to gather updated information regarding CBP's compliance with the terms of the Flores settlement and previous court Orders that require the humane treatment and prompt processing of minors in Border Patrol custody. To volunteer, please register or sign in to reunify.org, where you can select the dates and locations at which you wish to participate. We encourage volunteers to conduct interviews for at least one full day. two days at various locations close to one another.

Below please find the specific sites within each sector:

Tucson Sector
October 3: Nogales Station October 4: Ajo Station

El Centro Sector
October 3: El Centro Station October 4: Calexico Station

San Diego Sector
October 3: Chula Vista Station

RGV Sector
October 10: Ursula BP Station (morning) McAllen Station (afternoon)
October 11: Donna (morning)
Weslaco Station (afternoon)
Brownsville Station (morning)
Ft. Brown Station (afternoon)

El Paso Sector
October 10: Clint Station (morning)
Santa Teresa Station (afternoon)
October 11: El Paso Station (El Paso Sector) (morning) Ysleta Station (El Paso Sector) (afternoon)

Please log in or sign up at reunify.org to register to volunteer for an upcoming detention site inspection. Those wishing to participate in site visits must upload, unless they have already done so for previous visits, the following documentation:

  1. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a government issued photo ID - you must upload this at the “Upload ID and Consent” tab.
  2. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a signed ICE Code of Conduct form - you must upload this on the “Upload ID and Consent” tab.(New form required for all participants regardless of previous participation)
  3. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of your State Bar Membership Card (required only for attorneys).
  4. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a medical license or other certificate (required only for doctors and child welfare experts)
In addition to registering at the web site, please also email me the days and locations you wish to interview class members and attach copies of the documents mentioned above that you uploaded to the website.

We will promptly email those who respond to let you know if you have been selected to join a visit this time around, provide an interview form, and schedule an orientation conference call probably Tuesday next week.

If you cannot volunteer, please go to the website and make a donation to support the work of defending detained children from relentless attacks by this Administration.

Please feel free to forward this email to others who may want to support the ongoing efforts aimed at protecting the rights of detained children and securing their release from federal custody as promptly as possible.

Thank you.

Peter Schey
President
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

 

Dear Members,

Please consider participating in the Native Women's Equal Pay Day.

 

Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is Sept. 23

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Monday, Sept. 23, is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day and The NewsGuild-CWA invites you to join us and others across the country fighting for equal pay. Nine months into 2019, Sept. 23 symbolizes how long it will take Native women to catch up to men’s earnings for 2018.

Equal Pay Days have special meaning for us because Guild studies at various news organizations found disturbing results: Women and people of color are paid less on average than their counterparts, including among those who perform similar work and have similar levels of experience – even at some of the nation’s most prestigious publications.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Share some of the social media posts below on September 23 -- or create your own.
  • If you haven't seen our Equal Pay brochure, be sure to check it out at our updated Equal Pay website. (You can order hard copies of the brochure by replying to this email.)

Sample tweets:

Sept. 23 is #NativeWomensEqualPay Day. Native women earn just 58 cents on the dollar and must work well into 2019 to earn as much as men earned in 2018. News organizations are among those that fail to pay women and people of color equitably. #DemandMore @news_guild 

Today is #NativeWomensEqualPay Day. Journalists: What’s your equal pay story? Share it with @news_guild.

Think your employer is underpaying women and people of color? You're probably right. Journalists are fighting back, requesting pay data during negotiations & demanding #EqualPay. Join us! For info: https://www.newsguildequalpay.org@news_guild #NativeWomensEqualPay #DemandMore

News organizations demand transparency from government and business. So why don't publishers act transparently when it comes to pay for women and people of color in their own organizations? We demand transparency and #NativeWomensEqualPay. Join us: www.NewsGuildEqualPay.org

The Paycheck Fairness Coalition has developed very attractive graphic posts for FB, Twitter and Instagram, and is planning a Twitter storm at 11 a.m. Pacific Time / 2 p.m. EDT. They also have shared pertinent facts and background info

The NewsGuild has a history of exposing and fighting pay disparities and on Native Women’s Equal Pay Day we will continue to advance those efforts. Please join us!

In solidarity, 

Bernie Lunzer, President 
NewsGuild-CWA 

 

      (Santa Ana, Sept 3, 2019)

Dear R4 members,

Your committee attended the first mediation session held on September 4 in Santa Ana main courthouse.

Mediation requires that parties sign an agreement that they will not disclose the details of the session; therefore, we are simply not permitted to share that information with you. We can, however, proudly state that your committee fought hard, acted in good faith, and even came up with creative ideas in an attempt to get the best contract for all. By the end of a long day, however, we hit a roadblock and were shut down. 

After we ended the formal mediation session we attempted to speak with Jamie Newton (senior HR analyst) and Monna Radulovich (counsel and Joe Wiley’s assistant), regarding OC’s reverse pick-up. In a nutshell, we were told that OC should be grateful that the reverse pick-up has been frozen and we should see it as a gift. Your entire committee couldn’t disagree more. 

Your committee is still discussing this along with much more and appreciates your continued support as we try to get closure on this contract. Please bear in mind that there is a direct correlation between your active, vocal backing for a fair contract and our strength at the table. We are confident that with your active support we will succeed! 

In Unity,

Maria Benitez
Ana Fuller
LouLou Tovar
Jackie Ruiz
Silvia San Martín
Ed Venegas, spokesperson
Laurie Burgess, lead spokesperson 
 
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