Results of CFI Local 39000 Local Elections

June 5, 2019

The ballots for the new Local Officers and Region 4 Executive Board Representative were counted at the CFI offices in Santa Fe Springs.

The official results:

Vice President:                      Janet Hudec

Secretary-Treasurer:            Carmen Ramos 

Region 4 Representative:     Silvia San Martin


Members of the Local Election Committee:

Gary Curtis

Robert Guerrero

Francisca S. Valencia

CFI Local 39000 Official Election 2019 Results


Elected by Acclamation (unopposed)

President                                             Michael Ferreira 

Region 1 Representative                    Hernan Vargas

Region 2 Representative                    Maria J. Alvarez Caceros

Freelance                                            Angie Birchfield



Region 4 Membership Meeting

To all members in good standing in Region 4:

Your committee is calling a members’ meeting to be held:
Date: Saturday June 8, 2019 
Time: 10:30 am- 1:00 pm
Location: 11823 E. Slauson Ave., Unit 7 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670* (NEW LOCATION)

  • Committee will summarize negotiations up to this point and all proposals presented to the region
  • Committee will take questions from members regarding negotiations
  • Next steps
Lunch including vegetarian option and drinks to be provided by CFI. 
Please RSVP us by 5/28 at [email protected] and include county where you work. 
 In Unity, 
 Your bargaining committee: 
Maria Benitez 
Ana Fuller 
Jackie Ruiz 
Silvia San Martín 
LouLou Tovar 
Ed Venegas - Spokeperson 
Laurie Burgess - Lead spokeperson 

Thoughts from a member:

Benefits of belonging to an International Union rather than a small professional association, or going to another union.

  1. If we go to another union now we will be merged into another local. Our numbers are too small. Any other large union won’t want to spend large amounts of monies on us when it comes to bargaining or resolving grievances.
  2. If you use the Janus decision to send letters of resignation from our union, you weaken your own power by ceding to others your voice and vote on any issues affecting you. You impoverish and weaken our union. Remember this movement is very much supported by Trump and his following in order to get rid of unions all together. Unions are the only protection we have against abusive employers.  
  3. We were a number of about 800 members. Thanks to the Janus decision and other negative influences we have lost about 300 members. Keep in mind that as a union we have to cover a territory the size of England and Scotland with some 58 employer courts. Now is not the time to break away from the support offered by belonging to an international of 750,000 members. Do the financial math. How much financial support can you expect from 300, 500, or even 800 members paying dues compared to the financial support we get from and International with 750,000 members paying dues.
  4. If a disaffiliation is successful you will still have members that will not pay dues under the Janus decision. You will have to shop for a union that even wants small numbers. You will have to wait one year without representation before another union can represent you. During the one year waiting period you will be at your weakest point and at the mercy of the courts. 
  5. There has been a lot said and published about the trials against several of our colleagues. The simple truth is they were disassociated from our union because they ran a disaffiliation campaign while being members and an employee of our union. The truth is that simple, read the union constitution. You can legally run a disaffiliation campaign but, not while you are under a contract and certainly not while you are a paid employee of any union.  Read the PERB rules, they are very velar about when you can legally disaffiliate.  
  6. The board was thrown out because they disobeyed our presidents order for a new election, they stopped paying per caps, and three days after learning of the trusteeship the board took $50,000.00 of our locals’ money (yes, out of the dues we paid). Now, do you still believe in the “CFI Recovery” group’s  

Executive Board Election 2019

Esteemed CFI Local 39000 members:

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all that we are in the middle of an election for the leaders of this Local. With that in mind I also want to remind all, that the deadline for voting is fast approaching. In order to be counted, any ballots must be received by May 29,2019. The ballots will then be counted on June 5, 2019 at the Local office.

In Unity, 

Ed Venegas


Region 4, Bargaining Update

May 9, 2019 Riverside 

In a nutshell:
- Time-back purchase option requested to be discussed among management 
- We pressed for bargaining dates in Orange County
- 9 million more in the Interpreter’s Budget. 
- VRI proposal in a good faith effort to reach common ground. 
- Wages: Still pending
The Court’s brought back their team of 14 for this bargaining session. 
There was discussion on the following: 
The Governor added another 9 million to the Interpreter Budget. We informed Wiley of this additional money and he insist that it is irrelevant and that the interpreter’s budget had a deficit of 13 million this additional 9 million will only reduce the gap from a 13 million deficit. in the budget to a 5 million deficit. 
Your bargaining team has been attempting to get specific data about IC’s for weeks. Some information was finally made available to us at the table, which we will analyze in the next few days. 
Wiley indicated the information on how much money is being used from our budget to pay IC’s is not relevant. Your team believes it is relevant.
Charges have been filed for unfair labor practices providing, among other things, an explanation of its relevance.
Higher wages: 
Our spokesperson pressed for higher wages and defined us as “highly skilled workers not being compensated accordingly.” She indicated a 0.5 increase was a sign of bad faith. Wiley said other employees from other units received between 0 and 3% and that the 4.5% increase they proposed for us is closer to being realistic to where we’re going to finish than the 23% increase that we proposed. 
He’s reasoning for this is that there is no turnover in our field. Meaning interpreters are not resigning which is an indication that we are happy with our job, this is one of the criteria they are basing our wage increase on.
Your team prepared some changes and shared our VRI proposal. Wiley took a quick look at it, indicated we’re still far away, and announced he had to leave. Meeting concluded at four. 
It’s time for us to join forces. Start mobilizing and start showing the courts that we are a united force. Our jobs and livelihood are at stake. We can’t just cross our arms and watch them try to destroy our profession. It’s time to take our profession back!  The issues at the table do not only affect Region 4 interpreters. They will affect all employee interpreters.  We need to show the courts our statewide strength. 
Your bargaining team is aware of the impact VRI will have on our profession, and of the wage increase that our highly skilled profession deserves: therefore, we will be working diligently to take into account all possible impacts of their proposals before we make our decision on the pending issues. 
We appreciate you standing by your bargaining team, but things are getting real, and we need EVERYONE’S  support to achieve the best contract possible for ALL.  We are in this together.  UNITED we BARGAIN… DIVIDED we BEG. 
Our unity is our strength by presenting a united front before administration we show our power.  
A big “thank you!” to Myrna and Olivia from Riverside, Gary from San Bernardino, Shalom from San Diego for taking time off to Watch and Support. 


We encourage you to attend the negotiations. If you will be participating in the Watch & Support please submit your time off request today, and email us at [email protected] to reserve your spot. 
Our next bargaining session is scheduled for June 10, 2019 in Orange County and June 28, 2019 in San Diego. 
Please support your bargaining team by wearing red on the days we are at the table and also every Wednesday. 
In union there is strength. It’s the “U” and “I” in union that makes us strong.
In Solidarity, 

Your Region 4, Bargaining Team 
CFI Local 39000, CWA-TNG

Maria Benitez
Jackie Ruiz
Silvia San Martin 
LouLou Tovar
Ana Fuller
Laurie Burgess- Lead Spokesperson 
Ed Venegas- Spokesperson 




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