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PG&E’s Efforts for Preventing Fires

November 5, 2019

Dear Region 3 Members,

PG&E’s efforts of preventing fires by imposing rolling blackouts has opened the discussion of whether employees will be paid if the court is affected by the blackouts. Some courts have been informing their employees that in case of a court closure due to a blackout, the court will NOT pay for wages and at the employee’s request, the employee may use their vacation accruals in lieu of no compensation. However, please know that interpreters also have the option to cross-assign. 

After consulting with our attorney, we were informed that since in Region 3 these power outages are announced at least a day or more in advance, the interpreter employee should be given the option to cross-assign to a court, or even another Region, that is not experiencing outages on the announced dates. 

In summary, interpreter employees should have the choice to:

  1. To cross-assign. Please note: Employees have priority and preference over independent contractors and non-certified or non-registered interpreters when cross-assigning. 
  2. Take the day off without pay
  3. Take the day off and use accrual time.

This applies to any pre-planned court closures.

Notify your union steward or representative as soon as possible if your court is not giving you the option to cross-assign in a pre-planned court closure. 

In Solidarity,

Carmen Ramos, Secretary/Treasurer – Steward
Janet Hudec, Vice-President – Steward

 

REGION 3 REPRESENTATIVE

Rosa Trevizo- (209) 329-6620

[email protected]

STEWARD

Carmen Ramos – (408) 316-2163

[email protected]

STEWARD 

Janet Hudec – (559) 977-6688

[email protected]

STEWARD

Maria Cecilia Skaggs – (661) 319-5470

[email protected]

STEWARD

Tam Tyler Thien Nguyen – (714) 786-0687

[email protected]

 

 

Important Update to R4 Members:

Dear Region 4,

We know you’ve been waiting to hear from us, and we’re here to tell you that we’ve also been waiting to hear from the Region just as long, and that we are still painfully waiting.

Where’s   The   Fairness

As you know, we went into mediation in good faith to reach closure twice, on September 4 in Orange County and on September 30 in San Diego, but unfortunately found that the mediation process was not successful. We regret that we cannot share details regarding the mediation process since we are precluded from doing so due to a confidentiality agreement that we were required to sign.  At the same time that we advised the Courts that we wanted to cease mediation, we also asked to return to the table to complete bargaining.  That was on October 3rd.  We asked to meet within 10 days from that date.  Since then we have repeatedly requested to return to the table and have offered creative approaches to reaching closure – such as submitting our position and the Court’s position on remaining issues to binding mediation.  The Region has failed and refused to respond to our request for bargaining or to our suggested alternative avenues for resolving the narrow remaining issues. We believe that the Region is acting in bad faith in violation of the law, and that the Region’s misconduct appears to be part of a state-wide practice since Region 3 management has similarly refused to provide bargaining dates since August, 2019, resulting in the filing of a ULP yesterday.

Where’s the fairness?  Ask your manager or supervisor if you have a chance. Shoot them an email. Send them a postcard. Ask your steward to place this announcement on the CFI board in your building. We will not give up.

In Unity,

Your bargaining committee,

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

 

Longevity Bonus Update

Dear Region 1 Members,

This message is to further inform you regarding some proper compensation levels that have come up regarding the “longevity bonus” paid out last September, and the actions taken by the Local to resolve the matter. LASC administration has responded to our concerns regarding the amount received by those who the Union sees as fully qualifying members.

The administration has confirmed that indeed several members did not receive the correct amount, or no amount at all, and in a conversation that local president Mike Ferreira had with Joi Williams, deputy director of Equity and Labor Relations, she indicated that the Court will conduct an audit to correct this issue. 
 
At this moment we are holding back on a previous decision to file a grievance on behalf of our members while the Court works to remedy the situation. However, should it become necessary, the Union always reserves the right to exercise this action in the future. Please stay tuned, there will be more information soon.
 
Should you have any further questions about the matter, please contact us at the emails below.

In solidarity,

Victoria Rea – [email protected] 
Pedro Ramirez Navas – [email protected]
(LASC “Children’s Court” Stewards)
 

Steward Training in Northern California

Dear CFI Members, 
 
Your local is sending out the clarion’s call for people who are interested in becoming stewards! In accordance with Article III, Section 9 of our Bylaws, we are asking for nominations for stewards to serve at your work site, or within your home court’s jurisdiction; yes, that means that even if you’re not sure if you personally wish to become a steward, you can nominate someone you believe would be a good candidate, and we will ask then to join our northern California training.

It’s worth mentioning that if you are unsure whether you want to commit to becoming a steward, you are still invited to find out what the “front line” of the labor movement looks like. 
 
The training is mandatory for anyone who wishes to be added to the steward lists for their Region/County. Some of the topics to be covered are:
 
-      Union structure, guiding documents, and protocols.
 
-      Role, Rights, and Responsibilities of a union steward.
 
-      How to memorialize, share communications, and collaborate on representation issues.
 
-      Grievances and their processing; arbitrations and their preparations; unfair labor practice filings (Public Employee Relations Board).
 
-      Open discussion about any issue of interest or concern..
 
The projected target for a weekend training date is sometime at the end of November, beginning of December; those who respond will be updated as to the time and place. The morning session will be primarily geared towards new stewards, and the afternoon will have some more specific foci for experienced stewards; we are arranging for our legal counsel, to give a presentation on labor issues to be aware of, as a steward. 

Please send your name and contact info to [email protected] with the subject line of Northern California Steward Training 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
All my best, in solidarity

Michael Ferreira
President
CFI Local 39000 TNG-CWA
 

There are still opportunities for interpreters to give back to their communities in offering pro bono interpreting to help those in need of access to asylum. This round of efforts is focused mainly on verifying compliance with the Flores decision; it’s about children and adolescent minors being cared for properly while in custody … it’s for basic human rights, and that’s what unions are about. I encourage members to see if they can spare a day and help.

In solidarity … with humanity …

Michael Ferreira, President
California Federation of Interpreters

Dear volunteer lawyers, doctors, paralegals, and interpreters,

We would like a small number of volunteer monitors to join court-approved interviews of Flores class member minors detained at CBP facilities in the Tucson, El Centro, San Diego Sectors on October 03- 04, 2019 and the RGV and El Paso CBP Sectors October 10-11, 2019. We are writing to invite lawyers, doctors, paralegals, and interpreters to participate in one or more days of class member interviews. The purpose of these monitoring visits is solely to gather updated information regarding CBP's compliance with the terms of the Flores settlement and previous court Orders that require the humane treatment and prompt processing of minors in Border Patrol custody. To volunteer, please register or sign in to reunify.org, where you can select the dates and locations at which you wish to participate. We encourage volunteers to conduct interviews for at least one full day. two days at various locations close to one another.

Below please find the specific sites within each sector:

Tucson Sector
October 3: Nogales Station October 4: Ajo Station

El Centro Sector
October 3: El Centro Station October 4: Calexico Station

San Diego Sector
October 3: Chula Vista Station

RGV Sector
October 10: Ursula BP Station (morning) McAllen Station (afternoon)
October 11: Donna (morning)
Weslaco Station (afternoon)
Brownsville Station (morning)
Ft. Brown Station (afternoon)

El Paso Sector
October 10: Clint Station (morning)
Santa Teresa Station (afternoon)
October 11: El Paso Station (El Paso Sector) (morning) Ysleta Station (El Paso Sector) (afternoon)

Please log in or sign up at reunify.org to register to volunteer for an upcoming detention site inspection. Those wishing to participate in site visits must upload, unless they have already done so for previous visits, the following documentation:

  1. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a government issued photo ID - you must upload this at the “Upload ID and Consent” tab.
  2. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a signed ICE Code of Conduct form - you must upload this on the “Upload ID and Consent” tab.(New form required for all participants regardless of previous participation)
  3. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of your State Bar Membership Card (required only for attorneys).
  4. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a medical license or other certificate (required only for doctors and child welfare experts)
In addition to registering at the web site, please also email me the days and locations you wish to interview class members and attach copies of the documents mentioned above that you uploaded to the website.

We will promptly email those who respond to let you know if you have been selected to join a visit this time around, provide an interview form, and schedule an orientation conference call probably Tuesday next week.

If you cannot volunteer, please go to the website and make a donation to support the work of defending detained children from relentless attacks by this Administration.

Please feel free to forward this email to others who may want to support the ongoing efforts aimed at protecting the rights of detained children and securing their release from federal custody as promptly as possible.

Thank you.

Peter Schey
President
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

 
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