Court interpreters: in their own words

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.

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Court Interpreter details making ends meet without a raise in more than 5 years

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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Court interpreters stand strong on full day’s pay

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.

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Guild Interpreters vote yes on strike authorization

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.

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CFI sponsors bill to establish statewide language access plan in 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.

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Khmer and Punjabi court interpreters raise concerns about tests

CFI urged the Judicial Council to convene a panel to review serious concerns about the testing process in the Khmer and Punjabi languages.

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CFI weighs in on state and federal laws on language access

CFI leaders and staff updated members about legislative efforts on behalf of interpreters and in support of expanding language access.

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CFI region 3 bargaining all about courts wanting to cut costs

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.

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CFI addresses Judicial Council over video remote proceedings

CFI President Michael Ferreira highlighted language access concerns on Thursday over a Judicial Council plan to let courts carry out remote video proceedings.

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New staffing for interpreter members

Officers of the Pacific Media Workers Guild announced a new staff lineup Tuesday for the Guild’s California Federation of Interpreters (CFI) unit.

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