IGA just received some encouraging news from our legal team. Region 21 of the NLRB will submit our case for the reclassification EOIR interpreters as employees to the NLRB’s Division of Advice. This means that before the NLRB issues a determination, their Advice Division will consider the facts of our case and additional submissions from our attorneys. While an unusual course correction at this point, this step is in line with the NLRB’s actions in other recent high profile cases such those against Über and Lyft.
We believe this to be encouraging news. It essentially means that our fight for better working conditions in EOIR venues is far from over. We are in it to win it!
We encourage interpreters that have received a contract extension to consider signing it and continue serving the EOIR as admirably and professionally as always. In this way we will show that we take our commitment to due process and professional interpretation in court very seriously. While our attorneys have been asked to present additional submissions under a tight deadline, we don’t know how long this process will take. We will continue to use this time to prepare for a positive result.
Keep talking to your colleagues, greet them kindly and get their contact info. We will need to get in touch with them come election time, so this is really important. Remember to stay connected, we will continue to update you and keep you posted on the latest news.
We want to thank the following donors for helping us meet our GoFundMe goal in record time. These are the generous folks that helped send IGA leaders to the National People’s Action leadership week-long training in Chicago!
Noel Abraham, Letizia Ambrosino, Elsa Anaya, Julie B., Yetide Badaki, Fernando Becerril, Olivia Bernal, Sandra Bezerra, Carmelina Cadena, Claudia Calle Moenaert, Ismail Charania, Nancy de la Rosa, Muhammad Farooq, K. Gallindo, Gladys Garcia, Yvette Garcia, Charles Gray, Perla Johnsen, Roxane King, Romina Kluss, Hadiza Kyari, Donette Lancaster, Stephany Magaña, Naeem Mazhar, Anjie Mikho, Marian Needham, Helen Park, Genevieve Peprah, Maribel Pintado Espiet, Maria Portillo, Rosemina Punjan, Patricia Rivadeneira, Jean Rodney, Montserrat Sala, Claudia Sanchez, Susana Sardas, Rebeca Sotura, Marlar Swe, Johanna Valle Sobalvarro, And… 7 Anonymous Donors.
It was exhilarating and extremely challenging! We had 10-hours of classes and workshops a day, the rest of time was spent discussing how to apply what we were learning and making plans for IGA. Many concepts were new to us and most of it will be very useful and directly applicable to reaching our goals. We learned how to conduct more productive meetings, how to organize more effectively, how to prioritize goals, cut issues and hold ourselves accountable… This is the work that brings about true change! PEOPLE POWER. http://npa-us.org/npa-training-program
We also had a chance to meet with and share ideas and deep dish pizza with some terrific Chicago colleagues! We deeply appreciate your support and solidarity, Kathleen Morris and Jorge Carbajosa!
We are expecting an NLRB update of some kind before the end of this month, August 2016. Special thanks to our IGA legal team and especially to our colleagues that day in and day out field questions, collect data and help with research. It’s because of all of you that we are feeling encouraged and positive. AND WE ARE READY WHATEVER THE OUTCOME. As always, we will need everyone to stay connected and tuned in. https://www.nlrb.gov/case/21-CA-173402?order=ds_activity&sort=asc
SOSi’s CONTRACT RENEWAL
Yes, SOSi has been renewed another year by EOIR/DOJ. As in the past, we continue to be considered independent contractors and are therefore expected to negotiate our contracts individually. We will absolutely stay united. Our community is growing and this continues to be our greatest source of power! If you see someone new, greet them kindly and talk about IGA! And if you can get their email or phone number, that would be extremely helpful in building unity and keeping everybody up to date.
SAVE THE DATE!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016
TIME: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
ADDRESS: 1225 TELEGRAPH, SUITE 210, SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA 90670
IGA MEETING AND 6 FREE CIMCE UNITS
This coming Saturday, August 20, 2016, IGA will be hosting a free seminar with 6 CIMCE units for CA Certified colleagues! This is a great opportunity to engage with our greater community of colleagues. After all, the health of our entire profession is crucial in securing the improvements we’ve already made in our different sectors. This will be a potluck and all yummy bites are welcomed! Help us keep count. PLEASE RSVP TO ANGIE: email@example.com
We will only support academic programs that truly support our collective effort. We look forward to visiting other regions soon!
IGA’s lobbying, along with our members’ petitions and letters, are having a positive impact in drawing the attention of the Judicial Council to the Contractor Rate issue.
On October 26, 2015, Angie Birchfield, IGA Unit Chair, and René García had an opportunity to meet with an administrator from the Judicial Council to discuss the Court Contractor Rate in California.
IGA made a presentation outlining the benefits to the courts and issues of fair compensation addressed by substantially raising the Court Contractor Rate.
Eight years ago, the last time this rate was changed, it went up over 40%. Currently the California Court Contractor rate is 48% less than the Federal Contractor rate.
A raise on the order of the one eight years ago is in order.
It is harder for the JC to substantiate the allocation of funds for a higher rate if court executives are finding it relatively easy to hire interpreters willing to work for the current rate.
IGA learned the following in the course of our meeting:
- Court Executives Advisory Committee (CEAC) has taken on the task reviewing the Contractor Rate and plans to address the rate issue at their upcoming meeting in the November 5, 2015.
- Their first step might be to poll the various court executives and see if there are practical issues in scheduling and services provided resulting from the current rate.
- It is harder for the JC and CEAC to substantiate the allocation of funds for a higher rate if court executives are finding it relatively easy to hire interpreters willing to work for the current rate.
We will continue to update the membership as developments arise.
Language interpreters, who are crucial to the basic functioning of America’s beleaguered immigration courts, say a new federal contractor is trying to drastically underpay them. Interpreters across the country are refusing to sign on to a new contract to service U.S. immigration courts, citing what they call unacceptably low pay and poor working conditions.
Posted on Oct. 5, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.