A majority of CFI members from the greater San Francisco Bay Area (Region 2) voted to ratify a tentative agreement that gives interpreters raises and the ability to bargain over the working conditions of Video Remote Interpreting.
The Western District Council of The Newspaper Guild (TNG) met over the weekend in Santa Fe Springs to discuss the challenges they face and the strategies they have utilized to maintain a stable work environment despite difficult times.
During the latest round of bargaining, Purple Communications negotiators said the company is unwilling to pay video interpreters higher wages. Video Interpreters gear up on campaign for a fair contract.
The Guild has proposed a 3 percent wage increase in each of the next three years, a fifth week of vacation after 15 years of service, and resumption of an employee 401k match, as well as other improvements that would begin to restore wages and benefits we have lost in recent contracts. The company continues to reject any economic increases, based on lagging ad revenue.
Union represented ASL interpreters and Purple Communications came to an agreement on two more key building blocks for a contract during the latest bargaining session.
Four ASL video interpreters provided evidence at an NLRB hearing of how far Purple Communications was willing to go to block workers from exercising their right to form a union.
A federal mediator was brought into the Chronicle-Guild negotiations in a renewed effort to settle terms of a new labor contract at the newspaper.
Negotiators for the guild and the company met on Wednesday and Thursday in Hilo to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.
On Thursday, the Guild presented a revised proposal that clarified priorities in the achievement of parity with the San Jose Mercury News contract.
Chronicle Guild negotiators broke off talks Tuesday with the Hearst Corp. after enduring yet another rendition of the same old company song and dance routine.