Court interpreters in the Bay Area reached a tentative agreement this week. But colleagues in the Central Valley continued their fight for a contract in mediation.
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.
Court administrators proposed to withdraw a proposal to send interpreters home up to two hours early without pay, but only if the California Federation of Interpreters agrees to accept a proposal on video remote interpreting.
An overwhelming 96 percent of Region 2 and 3 court interpreters who voted said yes to authorizing the bargaining committees call for a strike. The California Federation of Interpreters has been bargaining since July in those regions and faces detrimental proposals by the courts.
CFI is a sponsor of AB1127, which would require the state to develop a plan that provides limited English proficient Californians linguistic access to the court system.
CFI urged the Judicial Council to convene a panel to review serious concerns about the testing process in the Khmer and Punjabi languages.
CFI leaders and staff updated members about legislative efforts on behalf of interpreters and in support of expanding language access.
The parties discussed wages, video remote interpreting, and early release without pay. Region 3 courts want a one-year deal with no raises, the freedom to implement video remote interpreting, and the ability to send interpreters home without pay at 3 p.m. CFI contended that interpreters have not received raises in six years.
CFI President Michael Ferreira highlighted language access concerns on Thursday over a Judicial Council plan to let courts carry out remote video proceedings.
Officers of the Pacific Media Workers Guild announced a new staff lineup Tuesday for the Guild’s California Federation of Interpreters (CFI) unit.