News

Seminar and Meeting

Interpreters focus on forensic psychiatry, VRI and labor issues 

SACRAMENTO (March 5, 2016) _ Nearly 50 interpreters attended CFI's seminar and membership meeting on Saturday, which focused on forensic psychiatry, Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and discussion of labor issues. The Executive Board's first face-to-face meeting followed the event.

 

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Northern California

Regions 2 and 3 to elect bargaining committees this summer

OAKLAND (Feb. 26, 2016) _ Contracts in Regions 2 and 3 expire September 30, 2016, and bargaining committee elections in both regions will be held in June or July. Start thinking now and talking about whether you or another colleague would like to represent the members as part of the bargaining committee. It’s never too soon to start organizing for a better contract!

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Committees

Volunteer to serve on a CFI Local 39000 committee by March 15

Committee chairs have been appointed and were approved by the executive board for the following committees: 
 
Grievance and Arbitration: Juan Ramirez, Chair
Budget: Daniel Navarro, Chair
Advisory Committee: Lucy Flores, Legislative and Policy Director
Special Committee on Language Access Research and Advocacy: Camille Taiara, Chair
 
The President is an ex-oficio member of all committees, and the Treasurer is an ex-oficio member of the budget committee, as provided in the bylaws
CFI Local 39000 invites members interested in working on a committee to volunteer by emailing us at  [email protected] by March 15, 2016. 
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LA Courts

Court to resume afternoon assignments by seniority 

LOS ANGELES (February 23, 2016) _ We are happy to report that after several delays and setbacks, LA Superior Court will correct the way afternoon assignments are made, returning to past practice of making these assignments by seniority in accordance with the MOU, regardless of status as a C or F interpreter. The administration confirmed that they will switch back to past practice this coming Friday for Monday’s assignments. 
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LA Courts

CFI pursuing solutions to staffing, expansion and time off issues

LOS ANGELES  (February 23, 2016) _ CFI bargaining committee members, stewards and officers met with LA Superior Court management recently to continue discussing the impacts of civil expansion, county-wide staffing decisions, and the general squeeze that LA interpreters are experiencing due to changes implemented by the court over the past year and a half.

Court management acknowledged the issues CFI raised are serious and said the court is committed to supporting employees and working on these issues. The Union will continue documenting examples of the problems and will pursue solutions in our upcoming meetings.

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