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Please call your legislator and help defeat AB 1366!

Dear Members,

 

We need everyone's help today, Tuesday, April 23rd to defeat AB 1366.  AB 1366 allows home telephone Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to be outside of regulation in California and prohibits essential consumer protections.

 

Existing law is a result of SB 1161 that passed in 2012 and was pushed by telecommunications companies.  The law, which sunsets this year, prevents the California Public Utilities Commission, (CPUC) or ANY state entity from acting on consumer complaints regarding VoIP telephone service.   The bill also rolled-back other consumer protections that otherwise applied to anyone using traditional landline services.  

 

AB 1366 which is being heard on Wednesday, April 24th will make permanent the unregulated portions of SB 1161 that passed in 2012.  As a result, consumers will not be able to have their complaints handled by the CPUC or any other state entity.  Additional consumer protections would also not apply to anyone who switches from traditional landlines to VoIP home phone service.    

 

We must defeat AB 1366!  Below is a list of all the members of the Committee on Communications and Conveyance.  This is the committee where AB 1366 will be heard on Wednesday.   I need you to take a look at the list and if you are a constituent of one of the legislators listed or you have a relationship with one of them, please call the number listed next to that legislator, give them your name and let them know:

·         VOTE NO on AB 1366 and bring back consumer protections and oversight, so providers are required to follow reasonable service quality standards that traditional telephone service carriers must adhere to.  

Committee Member s District Office  & Contact Information

 

Capitol Office, Room 6027

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0053; (916) 319-2053

 

Capitol Office, Room 4116

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0033; (916) 319-2033

 

Capitol Office, Room 4130

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0076; (916) 319-2076

 

Capitol Office, Room 2148

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0018; (916) 319-2018

 

Capitol Office, Room 3141

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0073; (916) 319-2073

 

Capitol Office, Room 5164

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0060; (916) 319-2060

 

Capitol Office, Room 4140

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0056; (916) 319-2056

 

Capitol Office, Room 5132

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0041; (916) 319-2041

 

Capitol Office, Room 4015

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0054; (916) 319-2054

 

Capitol Office, Room 4126

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0028; (916) 319-2028

 

Capitol Office, Room 3132

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0023; (916) 319-2023

Capitol Office, Room 6012

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0065; (916) 319-2065

 

Capitol Office, Room 2188

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0052; (916) 319-2052

 

Please call your legislator and help defeat AB 1366! 

 

 

Our Right To Vote

 

CFI members:

At the end of October 2018 and after the Local board was removed, I was asked to take over the Local to address administration issues. As the Temporary Administrator, I was made aware of the issues which had forced the Local into receivership. Those issues included but were not limited to the misappropriation of Local Funds, as well as attempts to undermine the union structure. Per the CWA constitution and the Department of Labor guidelines, certain Eboard members were charged with violations, then found guilty in court hearings. Since then, we have attempted to address the many issues and problems faced on a daily basis by our members. 

Unfortunately, the guilty ex-board members have continued to try and wreak havoc on the Local and the membership at large. They have continued to disseminate false informational well as outright lies not just about the Local but about what it was that they attempted to do with the Local and the union member’s monies. 

Beyond this, the Union has determine that it is now time to return the local to self governance. Contrary to the lies and misrepresentations being spread by the “CFI Recovery” group, this was a determination made by the Union, in consultation with the DOL, not by the DOL.

We are now in the middle of arrangements for the election of individuals who believe they would like to run for one of the available board positions.  The sad truth is, the CFI Recovery group and their supporters are advising members to boycott this election. Why is that? For their own selfish reasons!  A boycott of the election means you throw away your right to have a voice in who you want as your leaders. You also erode your say as to what goals your Local will be striving to gain. The question is, are you prepared to throw everything away just to satisfy the vengeance of a few individuals, Or are you ready to help in rebuilding CFI Local 39000 and turn it into what it should be, The trend setter for Public Employees in California. This Local has the potential, don’t give it away to malcontent,s failed ex- Eboard members. 

 

In Unity,

Ed Venegas

 

Legislative Conference: CFI Attendees Participate in Labor Federation Efforts

Sacramento_ CFI members recently participated in the California Labor Federation’s 2019 Joint Legislative Conference, a gathering in which unions and activists from all over the state join efforts to lobby for bills in favor of labor and to share ideas for future projects.

Silvia San Martin and Jackie Ruiz from Region 4 and Tyler Nguyen and Janet Hudec from Region 3 attended the Building the Future conference held March 31through April 3 in Sacramento on behalf of our local.  

The conference emphasized the importance for all union members to get involved in the democratic process. Locals must have active Legislative and Political Action Committees to work on elections, educate members on the issues, and lobby for our interests. We see how unions can be weakened and how a single action of Congress or state legislature can eliminate advances.

Currently, there are several bills CWA wants lawmakers to pass:

  • AB 1677 Call Centers, sponsored by Assembly member Shirley Weber. This bill would prioritize state grants and subsidies to corporations that retain call center jobs in California. AB 1677 would require that employers seeking to relocate call center jobs to another country give the Labor Commissioner 120 days’ notice; would prohibit employers appearing on the Commissioner’s compiled list of call center job exporters from receiving any state grants, guaranteed loans, or tax benefits for five years. AB 1677 is instrumental in our fight against Video Remote Interpreting (VRI). This bill will incentivize VRI call centers to stay in the state of California, hire Californians, and contribute to California’s economic growth. With a heathier economy, state funded budgets (like the Interpreter fund) have the opportunity to increase. 
  • AB 1066 Unemployment Insurance: Extended Duration Benefits, sponsored by Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez. This bill would provide unemployment benefits for workers during a strike. Ineligibility for unemployment benefits during a labor dispute creates an incentive for an employer to delay and be unreasonable during negotiations. Employers can try to exacerbate the financial hardship on workers as a strategy to secure a more favorable outcome during labor negotiations. This type of hardship should not exist for workers who are merely exercising their rights. Allowing workers to be eligible for unemployment insurance, after a period of two weeks, would create a more level bargaining field between employers and employees.
  • AB 5 Defend Dynamex and Rebuild the Middle Class, is a collaborative effort by several labor unions sponsored by Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez. On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court that made it harder for companies to misclassify workers as independent contractors. AB 5 will codify this decision and clarify where it applies. It will also exempt from the decision specified professionals where such protection is not warranted. The bill will clarify what employment relationships are not covered by the decision, providing certainty to industries that are unsure of the case’s implications. 

Currently, CFI Local 39000 is working on creating several future bills that will benefit our profession. More information will be provided in the near future. Stay tuned!

We are only strong when we join forces, stand together, and fight together. 

In Solidarity,

Janet Hudec

 

AFL-CIO Western District Conference

AFL-CIO held its 2019 Western District Conference on March 26thand 27th   at the NetZero Electrical Institute in the City of Commerce. Dozens of delegates from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming were in attendance. 
 
The purpose of this conference was to bring together unions in an effort to collectively revise and assess the current state of the labor movement in those states. Unit member, Pedro Ramirez-Navas attended the conference as a representative of CFI. 
 
The opening plenary presented a great opportunity to meet other delegates and to hear reports about some of the most important struggles for workers rights taking place right now. The dreadful feeling of despair and hopelessness that dominates our current political environment quickly disappeared and gave way to an atmosphere of hope and confidence after the first dynamic presentation.  
 
The delegates were welcomed by Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation and Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO. Gaylan Prescott, Assistant Director of United Steel Workers (USW) District 12, delivered a compelling report about theLucky Friday Mineworkers in Idaho who are on strike, an action that has entered its second year. He explained the deplorable conditions that miners face when they have to descend two miles underground without any kind of safety measures. Mine workers have died in several accidents caused by unsafe conditions. Today 247 miners remain on strike, despite the threats and retaliatory actions of the company. These miners have a saying: “One day longer, one day stronger.” 
 
The American Postal Workers Union delegates reported on the recent efforts by the Federal government to privatize the postal service. These efforts include the creation of a White House Task Force that generates false financial information.  In its findings, this task force has issued a report that is attempting to create an image of a budget and management crisis in the postal service in order eliminate collective bargaining, reduce wages, raise rates and outsource the services of the USPS.  Of course none of this will happen without a fight. Our sisters and brothers will most definitely need our support. Stay tuned for updates regarding this important battle. 
 
Perhaps the most important report came from United Teachers Los Angeles. With their recent victory, UTLA together with teachers in West Virginia and other cities and states across the country are being credited with reviving the Labor movement in the U.S. Daniel Barnhart, Secondary Vice President of UTLA, delivered a powerful presentation about the strike. He recalled thousands of teachers taking to the streets, braving the rain and the cold. Several pages would probably be needed to write about this heroic strike that many of us supported in various capacities. We are including a link to a video created by UTLA that will give you a perspective on this powerful strike that made history. https://youtu.be/hU6JU9WMV5Q
 
The conference also held several workshops and CFI participated in two of them. The first workshop was titled Power to Win-Worksite Organizing Programs that Deliver. This discussion group addressed essential techniques utilized to organize our colleagues at the worksite.
 
The second workshop was titled Membership Has Its Benefits: Maximizing the Union’s Value for Members. This group provided useful information for services that our members might find important, such as assistance to purchase a new home, a new vehicle, debt consolidation and even financial assistance for college education. All these services are available to our members through the Union Plusprogram. If you would like to find out more information, please contact your shop steward. 
 
The conference was an impressive achievement, from lodging to meals, to transportation, to electronic updates and timely sessions. It was a testament to the capacity of the organizers and it gave delegates confidence that there is light at the end of the tunnel. 
 
The current political climate is against working people, our quality of life continues to decline rapidly and for some it might seem as if all is already lost.  However, there is hope and it is within each and every one of us.  When working people come together we can make history and change the world.  We now know that we can fight, but we must move forward.  Recent developments have shown us that not only we can resist, but we can also win!
 
In solidarity
 
Pedro Ramirez-Navas

 

 

 

Call for nominations for CFI Local 39000 officers and Executive Committee members

 
The CWA Trusteeship of CFI is scheduled to end in June, upon the election and training of new local officers and executive committee members. 
 
Nominations are now open for the following Titled Officer and Executive Committee positions:
 
President
Vice President
Secretary-Treasurer
Region 1
Region 2
Region 3
Region 4
Freelance  (non-voting position)
 
The President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer shall also be elected as delegates to the CWA Convention (2019 and 2021) and TNG Sector Conference (2021). 

The terms of office will begin upon election and completion of officer training and run through December 31, 2021.
 
Candidates for Titled Officers may be nominated by any bargaining unit CFI member. Candidates for the regional seats may be nominated by any bargaining unit CFI member from that region. The Freelance position may be nominated by a freelance member.
 
Nominations must be received by April 15, 2019.  Please emails at  [email protected]

Candidates must be members in good standing, accept the nomination in writing and agree to participate in training to be scheduled by the CWA within 3 months of taking office.
 
In the event of a contested race for any position, a secret ballot election will be conducted.
 
To facilitate the end of the Trusteeship, the Temporary Administrator has modified the CFI bylaws to prevent recurrence of issues discovered during the trusteeship. The positions of Secretary and Treasurer have also been combined. A new election has been called because many of the previously elected Executive Committee members no longer qualify to hold office. Further, the law prohibits the CWA from unilaterally extending the terms of officers previously elected even though those members were not installed as officers during the trusteeship. Even if that were allowable, those terms would have ended in December 2019.

Revised Bylaws

 
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