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.



CFI's participation in international symposium forges intercontinental collaboration

(Feb. 17, 2015) _ CFI President Ariel Torrone and Camille Taiara, researcher for CFI’s upcoming White Paper on Language Access in California Courts, attended AVIDICUS’s International Symposium on Bilingual Conferencing in Legal Settings in Paris on Jan. 21-22 and met with AVIDICUS project leaders.

Torrone and Taiara’s visit represented the first time that a U.S.-based interpreter organization participated in an AVIDICUS symposium. It proved very instructive for both CFI and AVIDICUS, launching what we hope to be a new era of intercontinental collaboration on language access rights in judicial settings. The two organizations are discussing the possibility of AVIDICUS project leader Dr. Sabine Braun of the University of Surrey and Cynthia Giambruno of Universidad Alicante visiting California and participating in CFI’s next conference in October.


Board Meeting

CFI Local 39000's Board Meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 18, 2016, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 


CFI warns Court Future Commission of VRI misuse and employment system changes

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 8, 2016) _ CFI cautioned about the misuse of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and pointed out problems in the regional bargaining system for employee interpreters as part of written comments submitted ahead of Monday's meeting of the Commission on the Future of California's Court System.



Labor Law Update Conference scheduled for March in NorCal and September for SoCal

(Jan. 28, 2016) _ An all-day conference to update Union leaders, workers and activists is scheduled for March 5, 2016 in Northern California and September 17, 2016 in Southern California.

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