NOTICE of re-opening of nominations for CFI unit leadership

By the November 15, 2013 decision of the Local Election Committee of this union, Pacific Media Workers Guild, nominations for California Federation of Interpreters (CFI) unit leadership are re-opened, in order to be in line with the schedule for nominations set by the Pacific Media Workers Guild bylaws on nominations and elections.

Therefore, the nominations for CFI unit leadership are open until they are closed at the November 23, 2013 EC/RA/General Membership meeting.  (Nominations can also be made by petition up to November 30, 2013.)

Members in good standing are free to nominate members in good standing for the CFI unit leadership positions, as well as for the Local leadership positions.  Members may make nominations known by sending a completed nomination form, or a note, to or by mailing to the Guild at 433 Natoma Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, or by faxing to (415) 421-3751.

Those who have already been nominated do not need to be re-nominated. Their nominations remain valid.
The posting on the CFI website about nominations has been amended to clarify that nominations for CFI leadership have been extended per the decision of the Local Election Committee. See the latest CFI post here.

Unit meetings will be held to ensure all members have a chance to nominate or seek nomination for office.If any positions are contested, a mail-ballot election will be conducted in December.

All terms are for two years, starting Jan. 1, 2014.

Only members in good standing may vote, nominate candidates or stand for election. Please make sure your membership is current. If you have any doubts, contact your unit officer, shop steward, or contact the Local office at 415-421-6833 or

Here are the current Local 39521 officeholders:

Executive Officer: Carl Hall

President: Niesha Gates

First Vice President: Lucy Flores

Vice President-CFI: Mike Ferreira

Vice President-California: Rick Knee (interim)

Vice President-Hawaii: Derrick DePledge

Secretary: Steve Stallone

Treasurer: Michelle Caplette (interim)

Unit chairs, vice chairs, unit secretaries and Representative Assembly delegates will be up for election.

Together, we are building a dynamic, growing union of media workers, language professionals and union staff within CWA. Please take your membership rights and responsibilities seriously.

Don’t forget to VOTE!

Any questions may be directed to Anabelle Garay, staff representative, at (415) 583-4997 or to Kat Anderson, Administrative Officer, at (415) 298-1335.


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Michael Applegate

Pacific Media Workers Executive Officer