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Region 1 Bargaining Session Update

November 8, 2017

Bargaining team today at the Santa Barbara Courthouse with the Region 1 Administration committee.
 
In addition to the Bargaining Committee and Region 1 administration attendees, we were pleased to have several employees present to participate in the Watch & Support committee during the AM and PM sessions.  Local interpreters in attendance were: Lucila Ritterstein (F), Jose Navarrete (A), Lucinda Aragón (A).  Michele Stevens (F), Martha Paredes (A), Adela Herrera (A), and Maria Ruiz (A) drove in from San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles Counties!  We continue to invite Members to these sessions so that they can see firsthand what is happening and to show their support!
 
Bargaining committee presented a proposal regarding release time for employees traveling to Union negotiation sessions and is requesting a release of five days to prepare for negotiation meet and confer sessions.
 
We presented a wage proposal that includes steps.  They were unprepared to respond to our wage proposal as it "took their breath away.."  Our goal is to make the Court wage rates competitive with other providers of language access services.  We also proposed changes to improve the current mileage  reimbursement policy and wage adjustments specifically for those registered/certified in multiple languages.   In addition, they received a proposal on cross assignments.
 
Martha Paredes, Kathleen Sinclair, and Pedro Ramirez made a presentation regarding employee waiting areas and the effect that having too many people in very enclosed areas affects employee health, storage of personal belongings, noise levels, F employee access to employee waiting areas, and peer working relationships.
 
Region 1 Administration rejected CFI's proposal relating to:

  • reimbursement for CIMCE credits, a proposal to an increase in hours taken for leaves of absence to attend training, and for the cost of our yearly certification.  They want to "focus on wages". 
  • participation in the cross-assignment system when on an unpaid leave of absence and on leave.
  • to strengthen team interpreting and continuity in interpreters on trials/long cause matters.  They insist that the "Court will make reasonable efforts to provide a second interpreter" but would not accept our language saying that they "would" do so.  They indicated that the final decision is at the discretion of the judge.  They did agree the language we inserted relating to interpreting of text messaging language and communication via digital and social media.

The next bargaining session will take place on November 28th at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse (Room 428). Get your red-clad road trip crew together and we'll see you there on 11/28! Please be sure to fill out your RTOs requesting this day off (and email a copy of the response to [email protected]) and remember to wear red on Thursdays and on bargaining days!
 
Be sure to read your CFI emails for Bargaining updates and for opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to fight for the best possible contract.

Your Bargaining Team,

Pedro Ramirez 
Daniel Kaufman 
Doris Vick 
Michael Ferreira 
Robert Guerrero 
Caren Sencer, Spokesperson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Region 1 Bargaining Session Update

October 19, 2017

Region 1 Bargaining Committee met with Region 1 administration yesterday at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

In addition to the Bargaining Committee and Region 1 administration attendees, we were pleased to have several employees present to participate in the Watch & Support committee during the AM and PM sessions: Ramona Rodriguez (F), Maria Delgado (F), Maria Ruiz (A), Martha Zeledon-Lopez (A), Silvia Barden (F), Diana Pasillas (A), Jenny Kim (A), Melissa Macracken (A), Yazmin Lopez-Mosqueda (A), and Victoria Rea (A). 

We continue to invite Members to these sessions so that they can see firsthand what is happening and to show their support!

Nearly 40 Interpreters attended a lunchtime rally at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.  F and A status employees came from Metro, Long Beach, Children's Court, Criminal Courts, Stanley Mosk, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Burbank, Airport, and El Monte. Many of those in attendance came during their lunch hour and traveled by car, bus, and train to show their support for a fair contract.  Thank you all for your lively participation and our most sincere thanks to the organizers!  

We discussed at length Region 1 administration's proposed changes to Article 18 (Interpreter Assignments).  We agreed on some points on efficiency in the job assignment process and restated our position on preserving seniority rights when offering assignments.  Both parties further agreed to continue dialogue on this issue.  

We presented a proposal for Article 19, Section 3 regarding the release of employees for cross-assignments within one business day. 

Your Bargaining committee is in the process of finalizing a wage proposal. Our goal is to make the Court wage rates competitive with other providers of language access services.

The next bargaining session will take place on November 8th at the Santa Barbara Courthouse (118 E. Figueroa Street). Get you red-clad road trip crew together and we'll see you there on 11/8! Please be sure to fill out your RTOs requesting this day off (and email a copy of the response to [email protected]) and remember to wear red on Thursdays and on bargaining days!

Be sure to read your CFI emails for Bargaining updates and for opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to fight for the best possible contract.

Your Bargaining Team,

Pedro Ramirez 
Daniel Kaufman 
Doris Vick 
Michael Ferreira 
Robert Guerrero 
Caren Sencer, Spokesperson

 
 

Region 1 Bargaining Session Update

October 11, 2017

Region 1 Bargaining team met with Region 1 Administration Wednesday October 11th at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

In addition to the Bargaining Committee and Region 1 administration attendees we were pleased to have several employees present to participate in the Watch & Support committee during the AM and PM sessions: Elisa Chavez Fraga (F), Samantha Lubrani (A), Luis Mena (A), Sonia Peralta (A), Agnes Woo (A), James Varese (A), Marco Larriva (A), Ismael Carrillo (A), and Gabrielle Veit-Bermudez (A). Several of those in attendance came during their lunch hour.  We continue to invite Members to these sessions so that they can see firsthand what is happening and to show their support!

Region 1 administration used PowerPoint to introduce their proposed changes to Article 18 (Interpreter Assignments). To them, the current "Article 18 language impedes prompt, common-sense, logistical decisions to provide language access."  

Here are some figures they presented: without counting F category there are presently 275 A (255 Spanish) & 20 C interpreters in LA County.  Out of approximately 100 F employees an average of 35 make themselves available on any given day. With that, they need to cover on a daily basis 436 courtrooms in 38 different locations.  On any given day 30-40 courtrooms may be dark. While they reported a 32% drop in case filings from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017, the number of A&C status interpreters has increased from 267 to 275 during the same period.

Their proposal is to eliminate seniority-based assignments for F status interpreters and to allow for the use of Independent contractors whenever the Administration desires,  Under their proposal, there would be no obligation to contact F status interpreters before assigning work to independent contractors. This would be part of the their rollout of a new automated online assignment system.  The Bargaining Team is committed to protecting seniority rights and the full utilization of our employee workforce before hiring independent contractors.

We requested to have a bargaining session in either Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo to allow our Central Coast members to participate in the Watch and Support team and we can now confirm that the November 8th session will take place at the Santa Barbara Courthouse (118 E. Figueroa Street). Get you red-clad road trip crew together and we'll see you there on 11/8! 

The next Bargaining session is confirmed for October 18th  at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse (Room 522).  Please be sure to fill out your RTOs requesting this day off and remember to wear red on Thursdays and on bargaining days!

Be sure to read your CFI emails for Bargaining updates and for opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to fight for the best possible contract.

CFI Bargaining Team

Pedro Ramirez
Daniel Kaufman
Doris Vick
Michael Ferreira
Robert Guerrero
Caren Sencer, Spokesperson
 

Region 1 Bargaining Session Update

October 11, 2017

Region 1 Bargaining team met with Region 1 Administration Wednesday October 11th at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

In addition to the Bargaining Committee and Region 1 administration attendees we were pleased to have several employees present to participate in the Watch & Support committee during the AM and PM sessions: Elisa Chavez Fraga (F), Samantha Lubrani (A), Luis Mena (A), Sonia Peralta (A), Agnes Woo (A), James Varese (A), Marco Larriva (A), Ismael Carrillo (A), and Gabrielle Veit-Bermudez (A). Several of those in attendance came during their lunch hour.  We continue to invite Members to these sessions so that they can see firsthand what is happening and to show their support!

Region 1 administration used PowerPoint to introduce their proposed changes to Article 18 (Interpreter Assignments). To them, the current "Article 18 language impedes prompt, common-sense, logistical decisions to provide language access."  

Here are some figures they presented: without counting F category there are presently 275 A (255 Spanish) & 20 C interpreters in LA County.  Out of approximately 100 F employees an average of 35 make themselves available on any given day. With that, they need to cover on a daily basis 436 courtrooms in 38 different locations.  On any given day 30-40 courtrooms may be dark. While they reported a 32% drop in case filings from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017, the number of A&C status interpreters has increased from 267 to 275 during the same period.

Their proposal is to eliminate seniority-based assignments for F status interpreters and to allow for the use of Independent contractors whenever the Administration desires,  Under their proposal, there would be no obligation to contact F status interpreters before assigning work to independent contractors. This would be part of the their rollout of a new automated online assignment system.  The Bargaining Team is committed to protecting seniority rights and the full utilization of our employee workforce before hiring independent contractors.

We requested to have a bargaining session in either Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo to allow our Central Coast members to participate in the Watch and Support team and we can now confirm that the November 8th session will take place at the Santa Barbara Courthouse (118 E. Figueroa Street). Get you red-clad road trip crew together and we'll see you there on 11/8! 

The next Bargaining session is confirmed for October 18th  at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse (Room 522).  Please be sure to fill out your RTOs requesting this day off and remember to wear red on Thursdays and on bargaining days!

Be sure to read your CFI emails for Bargaining updates and for opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to fight for the best possible contract.

CFI Bargaining Team

Pedro Ramirez
Daniel Kaufman
Doris Vick
Michael Ferreira
Robert Guerrero
Caren Sencer, Spokesperson
 

Region 1 Bargaining Session Update

September 25, 2017

Region 1 met with the Bargaining team today at the Airport Courthouse.

In addition to the Bargaining Committee and Region 1 attendees we were pleased to have several employees present to participate in the Watch & Support committee during the AM and PM sessions:  Ramona Rodriguez (F), Roxana Lopez (F), Silvia Barden (F), Ileana Muñoz (A), Adela Herrera (A), and Gabrielle Veit-Bermudez (A).  We continue to invite Members to these sessions so that they can see firsthand what is happening and to show their support!
 
Region 1 rejected the Mixteco Pilot Program citing California Government Code section 71802(d) requiring all interpreter employees to be registered or certified.  They are not interested in bargaining on this issue but are willing to work with us outside of the bargaining process to address this language access need. 
 
We requested to have a bargaining session in either Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo to allow our Central Coast members to participate in the Watch and Support team. We also requested the list of the interpreter mentors and the new employees who were mentored in the last 3 years. 
 
We submitted several proposals:  One relating to CIMCE reimbursement and cost of yearly registration and another was our counter proposal that the bereavement leave expansion should apply to all three counties not only LA.  We also proposed that Judicial Council Advisory Committee members receive their normal pay while attending those meetings. Last was our proposal to strengthen team interpreting provisions, to acknowledge the greater challenges posed by new technologies (text messages, emojis, etc.), to provide interpreters for both sides in civil matters and to ensure continuity in long cause matters.
 
We continued with our on-going discussion with regards to the Union access to new employee orientation. 
 
Despite the Region's statement that assignments and employment status are its most important issues, we still have yet to receive a comprehensive proposal on those issues.
 
The next Bargaining session is confirmed for October 11th at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse (Room 522).  Please be sure to fill out your RTOs requesting this day off and remember to wear red on Thursdays and on bargaining days!
 
Please note that the November 9th bargaining date has been canceled and changed to November 8th. This session will take place in Santa Barbara. Get your red-clad road trip crew together and we'll see you there on 11/8! 
 
CFI Bargaining Committee
 
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