High profile labor action sends message to Hearst: Fair contract now!

Guild members, workers-in-solidarity, labor leaders, and public officials gathered outside the Chronicle today to send a message to the Hearst Corp: Fair contract now! In the fifth month of collective bargaining, Hearst has yet to make an offer to which the Guild can respond.  Rather, Hearst has said “no” to …

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Court Interpreters urge courts to keep providing language services in domestic violence cases

SAN FRANCISCO _ Representatives from the California Federation of Interpreters highlighed the urgent need to clarify that funds are indeed available to provide interpreters for domestic violence victims during a Judicial Council meeting Thursday. CFI legislative committee member Mary Lou Aranguren urged Judicial Council members to correct the misinformation that has …

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Guild to hold health care rally this Thursday

Guild members and their allies will gather Thursday outside the Chronicle building in downtown San Francisco to protest the New York-based Hearst Corp.’s attack on quality health care at the newspaper. Detailed flyer here. It will be one of the first public demonstrations by San Francisco media workers since the newspaper business …

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The Balancing Act: Politics, Journalism and the Guild

Growing up with a dad who was managing editor of our city’s newspaper taught me a couple of things: The “Guild” — whatever that was exactly — meant I couldn’t play at being a kid reporter and see my stories in print, at least not in The Eugene Register-Guard. It …

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Interpreting finds its voice

Check out the latest post from our friends at NAJIT. Our own Michael Ferreira, California Federation of Interpreters president, and National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators Chairman Rob Cruz, delve into the future of the interpreting profession. Cruz delivered the keynote address at CFI’s annual conference this month in Los Angeles, discussing …

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Mailroom and ad production jobs on the line in Hilo

Bargaining Bulletin #3 Our Hawaii Tribune-Herald bargaining committee met with representatives of the company for negotiations on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Imiloa Astronomy Center. The negotiations focused on a potential one-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement. The company indicated that it …

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Former Chronicle reporter reflects on Distilled Spirits

Back in the day, before I came to accept my powerlessness over certain substances, there would have been a tear in my beer while chugging through Don Lattin’s new book, “Distilled Spirits: “Getting High, Then Sober, With a Famous Writer, A Forgotten Philosopher And a Hopeless Drunk.” It’s a memoir …

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Hundreds of interpreters re-energize, bolster skills during CFI conference

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of interpreters polished their skills, connected with other professionals and re-energized during the 2012 California Federation of Interpreters conference this past weekend. Some 350 attended the workshops, including interpreters from Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota and North Carolina. The 3-day conference in Los Angeles allows interpreters from …

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CFI President urges interpreters keep informed; give courts a message of unity

California Federation of Interpreters President Michael Ferreira urged interpreters to actively support their bargaining teams and remain informed about what is going on in the profession statewide during Saturday’s membership meeting. One of the best ways to get involved, Ferreira explained, is by joining a Watch and Support Committee in …

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Chronicle Guild members resist Hearst stall tactics

A video tour of the fabulous Hearst Corp. headquarters in New York shows a company that treats some of its workers to subsidized sushi.  In San Francisco Chronicle labor negotiations, we see another side of the media giant.  Video by Cubes. Bargaining Bulletin #11 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Hearst Corp. …

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