Court interpreters reach tentative agreements
The California Federation of Interpreters has reached tentative agreements in two of the three regions bargaining new contracts.
CFI, a unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild that represents more than 850 court interpreters in California, negotiated a tentative agreement on Monday for interpreters in the Central Valley (Region 3). Late last month, CFI reached a tentative agreement for interpreters in the Bay Area (Region 2). Region 1 (Los Angeles area) is still in negotiations.
Both agreements would give interpreters $500 to $1,000 bonuses over the next three years. The amounts depend on whether the interpreter is a full-time, part-time or intermittent employee.
Interpreters in both regions had faced a proposal that would have let the courts send them home early without pay or prior notice, eroding the 40-hour workweek. Court administrators withdrew the proposal after CFI agreed to modify its contract so the courts could implement video remote interpreting.
Both the Region 2 and the Region 3 TAs call for the the courts to bargain with CFI over the effects of VRI before implementation. Those effects would include:
- Circumstances that are appropriate for VRI;
- Modes of interpretation;
- Protocols and procedures for appropriate use of VRI;
- Protection of attorney-client privilege and other confidentiality issues;
- Technical minimums for equipment used for VRI, including cameras, video screens, lighting, microphones, audio quality, computers and bandwidth;
- Document procedures related to the use of VRI; and
- CFI will schedule a ratification meeting with members to discuss and vote on the tentative agreement.
Region 2 interpreters have until June 22 to vote on the TA. Region 3 will provide interpreters voting procedures this week.