About two dozen interpreters filled up the Judicial Council gallery Friday to push for extending language services to court users in civil matters and caution against the misuse of Video Remote Interpreting.
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.
Hearst refused Monday to increase its pay offer of 1.5% a year over the proposed four-year term of a new contract. Nor would the management offer any more than it pays now (the same amount paid since 2005) to maintain our current health plan.
Management failed to address our core concerns, rejecting at least for now Guild proposals to enhance pay, vacations and retirement. The company also showed little interest in capping health premiums or paying bonuses to help employees maintain decent take-home pay and quality health care for their families.
Guild members, workers-in-solidarity, labor leaders, and public officials gathered outside the Chronicle today to send a message to the Hearst Corp: Fair contract now! In the fifth month of collective bargaining, Hearst has yet to make an offer to which the Guild can respond. Rather, Hearst has said “no” to …