DoJ Contractor Wreaks Havoc on Immigration Courts; Spurs Guild Organizing Drive

SOSi employees and NewsGuild members brought word of their struggle to the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators in May.

Officials at the Department of Justice probably didn’t realize they were about to wreak havoc on federal immigration courts when they signed an exclusive contract for interpreting services with a new company in 2015.

And they certainly didn’t realize that signing the new agency — SOS International — would provide the impetus for a spirited union organizing campaign Continue reading “DoJ Contractor Wreaks Havoc on Immigration Courts; Spurs Guild Organizing Drive”

Bytes & bits: People’s World, Chicago AFT Staff Unionize

People’s World Turns

The 10-member staff of the People’s World joined the Chicago Newspaper Guild after winning voluntary recognition on Feb. 8.

Chicago AFT: Smart

The Chicago staff of the American Federation of Teachers won voluntary recognition for a unit of five workers at the union’s Chicago regional office.

‘Employers pay a price for retaliation’

NLRB Files Complaint Against Sarasota Herald-Tribune

(June 7, 2017) There are consequences for companies – like the Sarasota Herald-Tribune – that retaliate against employees who vote to form a union.

That’s the significance of the decision by Region 12 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to file a formal complaint against the Florida paper, says Tim Schick, administrative director of the NewsGuild-CWA. Continue reading “‘Employers pay a price for retaliation’”

Company Providing Interpreters for Immigration Courts Illegally Misclassified, Fired Workers, NLRB Says

 

Complaint has broad implications for labor movement and immigration courts

June 5, 2017 – SOS International, the company that provides interpreting services for federal immigration courts, illegally misclassified its employees as independent contractors and fired interpreters who spoke out, according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on May 31.  Continue reading “Company Providing Interpreters for Immigration Courts Illegally Misclassified, Fired Workers, NLRB Says”

NLRB Issues Complaint Against SOSi

Rules company illegally misclassified workers; engaged in retaliation

Following a lengthy investigation into more than a dozen charges of illegal activity, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a formal complaint on May 31 against SOS International, a federal contractor that provides language-interpreting services for immigration courts. Continue reading “NLRB Issues Complaint Against SOSi”

NLRB to Issue Complaint Against SOSi

After a lengthy investigation into more than a dozen charges of anti-union activity, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is preparing to issue a formal complaint against SOS International, a federal contractor that provides language-interpreting services for immigration courts, the NewsGuild-CWA has announced. Continue reading “NLRB to Issue Complaint Against SOSi”

Interpreters and Translators

The interpreter and translator professions are not new, yet inconsistent industry standards have been developed by those who employ us to determine the best skill level for the work that we do. Since 1981, as NewsGuild members, we have fought to raise the standards for our work.

We need to be able to provide the best possible services to our clients. We do that through sustainable and healthy working conditions and also through consistent and fair pay. Continue reading “Interpreters and Translators”