Interpreter and advocate Essam Elmahgoop dies

  July 30, 2012 Essam Elmahgoop, a tireless activist who worked to secure bargaining rights for interpreters and advocate for immigrants and asylum seekers, passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday, July 29 in San Francisco. He was 65. Elmahgoop was a dear colleague and friend to many …

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Cohen condemns job-killing corporations

CWA President Larry Cohen condemned job-killing corporations and the government policies that allow them to get away with it during a fiery speech Tuesday in San Francisco’s historic Union Square. Cohen was a keynote speaker during the biennial convention of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. Delegates from throughout California came …

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CFI defends interpreter funds during Judicial Council meeting

By Anabelle Garay July 27, 2012 Judicial Council members deferred action Friday on a recommendation to take up to $6.5 million from the designated interpreter budget for other court costs. CFI officials told Judicial Council members that shifting the funds would deprive a significant number of people from access to justice …

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Health care troubles loom at SF Chronicle — members meet Wednesday

Chronicle employees are facing a critical moment as time runs out to reach an agreement that keeps our current health system operating and brings costs and revenues into balance. Negotiations for a new labor agreement with Hearst Corp. so far have failed to produce a settlement. Health coverage is the …

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Courts propose wage cuts, added duties for interpreters

July 25, 2012 Region 2 court administrators proposed adding to the daily duties of interpreters while cutting wages by 10 percent and reducing guaranteed work hours. The measures presented by the courts during Monday’s opening bargaining session closely mirror those previously proposed in Region 3. The most significant proposals made …

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Reporter returns to the job after long battle in Hilo

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter Hunter Bishop, center in blue shirt, rejoined his newsroom colleagues at the Hilo paper after a long battle to win reinstatement following his illegal firing for Guild activities. Bishop was honored July 14, 2012 during a Media Workers Guild meeting in Hilo to discuss negotiations, which are …

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Illegally fired newspaper workers settle with Times Union of Albany

The Times Union of Albany has agreed to offer reinstatement to three employees and to pay more than $800,000 in backpay and interest to a total of 11 employees who were laid off by the newspaper in the fall of 2009 in order to settle a case taken up by …

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California Federation of Interpreters Region 3 Bulletin: July 13, 2012

Region 3 Bargaining Update #1 Region 3 representatives proposed cutting interpreters’ pay, adding translations to their duties, moving to an hourly rate system and other measures during the first bargaining session. The California Federation of Interpreter’s bargaining committee requested extensive explanations of these proposed changes, and the courts cited desired …

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East Bay BANG Bulletin: July 3, 2012

  Employee representatives of the Guild focused on non-economic issues Tuesday in Pleasanton as talks continued. East Bay employees demand equal treatment and an end to disparity of treatment between South Bay and East Bay units. As stated previously, despite business climate difficulties, employees insist that  a high-quality regional news operation demands that colleagues work …

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San Francisco Chronicle Bulletin #2

Health care funding discussed in second round of Chronicle negotiations Negotiations on a new Guild contract at The Chronicle continued Tuesday with a discussion of health care issues for more than an hour in The Guild conference room. Executive Officer Carl Hall re-established Guild concerns with new legal representation present …

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