Court interpreters in the Bay Area reached a tentative agreement this week. But their colleagues in the Central Valley continued their fight for a contract in mediation.
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Hawaii Tribune-Herald collective bargaining continued Wednesday and Thursday in Waikiki. The guild suggested that the scope of the negotiations be narrowed to focus on about a half dozen priority issues, including wages, job security, medical and management rights. Management offered no pay raise and proposed increases in health care.
The 1.5% proposed raise in the expensive Bay Area is equivalent to Hearst buying the staff a box of crackerjacks with each paycheck. Taking an essential “pay cut” in order to continue receiving medical benefits could leave many supporting staff swinging back and forth on a trapeze between their loved jobs or a higher-paying future.
California court interpreters have not received a wage increase in more than five years while healthcare costs spiked and inflation has gone up 11% from 2007 to 2013. In bargaining, the courts continue to reject a raise.
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