Region 2 Bargaining Committee Results:

The top five candidates are part of the bargaining committee.

Name                                             Votes

Kristina Ramsey 43
Margo Seely 42
Juan Jose Negrete 41
Shannon Raintree 39
Margaret Layman 38
Kristen Nickel 15

Stephany Magana

Maria Alvarez Caceros 13
Pedro Sahagun 12
Laura Villanueva 7


CFI Local 39000 will hold elections to form the Region 2 bargaining committee; the ballots will be sent to each member in good standing’s email on file with the local before the end of this week. 
As voting will be by electronic ballot, it will be important to make sure the local has your correct email.
The CFI executive board sought guidance in the local’s bylaws following concerns raised regarding the response time provided to potential candidates for accepting nomination to the bargaining committee.
In consultation with the by-laws, the board ruled that all nominees who accepted within five days from the nominations period’s closing date will be on the ballot.
Only union members in good standing are eligible to vote. If there is any doubt as to your qualification to vote, or if you wish to update your email address with the local, please contact us in writing at [email protected].
The time frame to return your vote will be seven business days from the date on which the ballots are sent.
If you do not receive a ballot by the end of business on Friday of this week, please contact the local at (562) 944-2341 or [email protected].
In solidarity,
CFI Local 39000 Executive Board

July 23, 2019


 Interpreter unit members who work full-time in the Los Angeles courts have received two letters from  the Coalition of County Unions (CCU)[1]indicating that there was a change negotiated with Los Angeles County that impacts interpreter unit member eligibility to qualify for the CAPE/Blueshield option in our Choicesbenefits plan.

To qualify for CAPE/Blueshield there are two conditions:

  1. Your unit’s union (in this case CFI Local 39000, TNG-CWA) must be a member in good standing with the Coalition of County Unions (CFI has joined and is a member of CCU);
  2. The unit member (that means you) must be a member in good standing with the interpreter unit’s representative union. In other words, one must be a member in good standing with CFI Local 39000, TNG-CWA.

Interpreter unit members who have been and continue to be members in good standing will be automatically qualified by virtue of CFI Local 39000 being a member of the CCU. However, if you are not a member of the local, you will not be qualified to elect the CAPE/Blueshield medical plan for 2020.

You may ask why this happened. According to the Region 1 MOU, our benefits and those held by other represented units in LASC are tied to what is negotiated between the CCU and Los Angeles County. 

If an interpreter unit member wishes to continue eligibility in this program, and you are not a member of CFI Local 39000, we encourage you to fill out and sign the membership and dues deduction cards, scan them, and email them to [email protected], with the originals to follow by US mail to:

California Federation of Interpreters
Local 39000, TNG-CWA
11823 East Slauson Ave, Unit 7
Santa Fe Springs, California 90670

It is imperative that the local receive these two documents before the close of business on Friday, July 26th, 2019, since the list of members in good standing must be sent to CCU no later than noon on Friday.

In solidarity,

Michael Ferreira, President
CFI Local 39000



Region 3 Bargaining


July 22, 2019

Dear Region 3 Members,

The Local and your Executive Board announce that Region 3 has a new Bargaining Committee elected by acclamation; the bargaining process will soon be prepared to begin. The Bargaining Committee Members are:

Rosa Trevizo, San Joaquin 

Carmen Ramos, San Joaquin 

Joseph Tobin, Sacramento 

Janet Hudec, Madera 

Spokesperson and legal counsel assisting in the process will be Laurie Burgess of Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP Law Firm.

Although there is going to be a trained labor attorney in the mix, it bears reminding ourselves that the real strength in bargaining comes from unity among the membership and a sound, if not vigorous mobilization plan. 

To that end, I am sending out a call to members to contact your bargaining committee and indicate your willingness to serve on the bargaining mobilization committee, insofar as planning, organizing, and carrying out the activities necessary to build unity and create actions on behalf of bargaining. Additionally, I invite the Region 3 members to email the Bargaining Committee with ideas that will help further their efforts, as well as include issues you feel should be addressed at bargaining[email protected]

In solidarity, 

Michael Ferreira


Thoughts on Union Membership


Region 4:

Against all odds, we have recently taken the lead in terms of union membership. Region 4 is holding tight, but we need to grow stronger as we approach the end of crucial bargaining, especially because we will also need to consider all options on the table. Our message to Administration must be louder and more united than ever before. Why? Because real salary increases are still being denied and VRI application and technology remain highly questionable. Court interpreters are not being treated as the true professionals we are. 

Your Bargaining Committee needs every single one of you to help us build a powerful and inclusive movement where all voices can be heard. Please read the following excerpts from letters recently sent. And feel free to forward to anyone who seems unsure:  

Why I decided to stay/re-join the union 

From Imperial Valley, Josh Allen: “I feel at this time of uncertainty for our profession, with the courts showing their desire to replace us with VRI, and the blatant disregard they are showing towards us, that we must stand united. To me this is very important, lest we lose our profession by disunity. . . I used to feel that the union was not really sensitive to the needs of its members. That perception has recently changed, and I feel the union has taken concrete positive steps to be more accessible and proactive with the needs of individual counties and interpreters.” 

From San Diego, Delia Castro: “It is possible that Administration is being so hard on Region 4 because, especially in San Diego, there is poor participation in the union by interpreters. This has made me reconsider my decision to put distance between me and CWA and I have decided to renew my membership to CFI. I believe it is important to show unity at this crucial time of negotiations and I urge all of you out there who have renounced your membership to reconsider too.”

From Chula Vista, Cristina Oliva: “Why do I remain a union member? I remain a member because I’m in it for the long haul, and because I believe we need to protect our profession. I have heard interpreters who have left the union express their disappointment in their past experiences with the union and I can understand that. But I also believe we need to look forward and pull together to make things right. We can’t change the past, but we can change the future. Only together we will achieve what we all want, fair wages and practices. Ultimately, we will all benefit from this, members and non-members alike. Whether we are in this for a few more years or decades to come, a united front benefits and protects all of us as professionals. Let’s support our colleagues who are working so hard on our behalf. Let’s support one another in union.” 

Read full letters here

If you have made the decision to remain a union member, or join us, thank you. If you have not, the time is now.

Silvia San Martín

Region 4 Representative and CFI Executive Board member

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