Thank You for Donating to the CCRA A to Z Fund!

Dear CCRA Members, I'd like to personally thank everyone who donated to CCRA’s A to Z program during Court Reporting and Captioning Week 2020! Through your generous donations, we have raised $1,400 that will be used exclusively to fund our A to Z programs in California. Your dollars will directly contribute to getting more students into court reporting school and helping them become working stenographers in California, and for that you should be proud! We are incredibly grateful for your support!

Part of my presidential mission is to hold 25 A to Z programs this year, and that's why I set our A to Z fundraising goal at $3,000. Please help us reach this goal. While CCRA has amazing volunteers that teach our programs and awesome sponsors that provide food and locations, real dollars are still needed to print the lesson materials, advertise for the programs, tune up those steno machines, and make sure every program meets CCRA's standard of excellency!

The A to Z program provides a FREE six-week program to teach each participant the steno alphabet, familiarize them with our machine, and showcase exactly what a career in stenography can offer. We ARE making a difference. We ARE increasing steno enrollment statewide. No matter the amount, every dollar helps! Please donate today!

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If you cannot donate financially, we'd love to have you join us as a volunteer at our next location! Please e-mail us at: [email protected]

Steno Strong,

Sandy

Sandy M. Walden, President
California Court Reporters Association

President's Message

February is here!  As promised, here comes my monthly President's Message!  CCRA had our quarterly board meeting on February 1 and 2, 2020, in Sacramento.  While we are working on many things, here are the important highlights: 

The AB 5 Task Force gave its first report and made recommendations to the CCRA Board of Directors.  The Board has voted and directed our legislative committee to work with the Task Force to move forward with very specific exemption language, along with educating our members on how to comply in the AB 5 world as it stands now.   Therefore, CCRA will be working on two paths:  legislative solutions and educating our members.  Look for the educational component to kick off next week with podcasts and written materials from our employment law attorney, Karen Tynan.  The Task Force will continue working on the legislative piece with our lobbyist and the Board of Directors.  You'll want to make sure you're a current CCRA member so you don't miss any AB 5 updates.

AB 1469 (Low) is the firm registration bill that carried over from last year's legislative session.  CCRA has been advocating for many years for firm registration.  We believe it is the best way to even the playing field amongst the firms currently working in California.   Most importantly, this bill will give the Court Reporters Board the administrative authority to ensure CSR owned firms and non-CSR owned firms comply with California laws.   While CCRA still does not endorse the RIC language currently found in AB 1469, we do support firm registration and are working with Assemblymember Low on the exact language of the bill.  Stay tuned.

Anyone want a transcript rate increase?  CCRA will never stop fighting this fight on behalf of all California CSRs.  Although the Governor did not include money in his January budget for a transcript rate increase, we are still advocating that money be allocated in the May revise version of the Governor's budget.  Senator Lena Gonzalez has agreed to author the transcript rate increase bill this year as SB 991, and we look forward to working with SEIU on this bill. 

CCRA's committees are gearing up to get work done for our members and are looking for more members to be involved.  If you have an interest in being a part of any CCRA committee, please email me.  The important groundwork of any board is always done at the committee level.  The committees report to the board on what areas of our profession need attention and then make recommendations to the Board of Directors.  We appreciate any time you have to give, and you can choose your level of involvement.  No hard sell here, but we do invite you to participate in committee work.  Please see the "Membership" tab on our website, then click on "Volunteer Opportunities" to see a list of our committees.

If you haven't already heard, CCRA’s A to Z programs are doing amazing!  We currently have two programs in full swing - Sacramento and Downey - and we are eagerly looking forward to the next two programs in San Mateo and San Diego.  We are asking our members to help fund these programs and our profession by donating to our A to Z program fund.  Every bit helps.  Each one of these programs leads to new court reporting students that we will eventually welcome as California CSRs.  We can do great things, but we need your help.

We hope you have followed us on social media this week as we have celebrated Court Reporting and Captioning Week 2020.  It is so inspiring to see the day-to-day details of each facet of our profession and the difference an accurate record can make in people's lives.  Let's continue celebrating steno all year long!  Whether you are still a student working toward your CSR, or a freelancer, official, CART captioner, or broadcast captioner, CCRA celebrates you and we are here for you!  Go steno!

Talk to you soon!

Sandy Walden, President
California Court Reporters Association

Donate to California's A to Z Program

 



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Let's Get a Transcript Rate Increase!

Today First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will lead a discussion on equal pay and gender equality in the workforce hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus! What a perfect day to share our #EqualPayCA issue on social media! 

As we all know, court reporting is a female-dominated profession that hasn’t seen a transcript rate increase in 30 years! Does anyone else think this might be an #EqualPayCA issue? We do! It’s about time our voices are heard in Sacramento!

CCRA and court reporters all over this great state need your help! We are at a critical time in the legislative season especially on a day like today.

We thank all those who have gathered letters and sent them in. All support letters previously submitted and the lobbying efforts of CCRA and SEIU have gotten AB 1385 to this point. 

AB 1385 is being held with hundreds of other bills that have a monetary value. We need Senator Anthony J. Portantino and the Senate Appropriations Committee to see the NEED of getting AB 1385 to the Governor’s desk this year. Governor Newsom needs to see the support and need of funding and signing AB 1385.

Your letters will help! Please send in your support letter, ask your co-workers, friends and family to sign a support letter. We need at least one from every single CSR in the state.
The letters will go to the Appropriations Committee and then on to Governor Newsom’s desk. We must show the support and importance of this bill being funded and signed!
Please send all letters in ASAP to [email protected].

To read more about #EqualPayCA, click here.

Thank you for your support. Together, we can do this!
CCRA Board of Directors

Want to help spread the word even more? Post on social media using the hashtag
#EqualPayCA

Sample Letters:
CSR personalized: Click here to download
CART/Captioners: Click here to download
Co-workers, friends & family: Click here to download
Please send all letters in ASAP to [email protected].

PRESERVE YOUR PROFESSION: A TO Z NEEDS U NOW!

The California Court Reporters Association, in conjunction with the Northern California Court Reporters Association and the Sacramento Official Court Reporters Association, are excited to announce the California launch of NCRA’s nationwide “A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand” program. The goal of this intensive recruitment effort is to introduce members of our local communities to the court reporting and captioning professions through a hands-on course in which candidates are provided loaner steno machines and attend live weekly classes over a six-week period taught by experienced reporters. Join the momentum. Be the solution. Whether it is your volunteer time or a donation, it is YOU that will preserve stenographic reporting!




California Budget Watch: What about Court Reporters?

Only four days into his tenure as Governor of California, Gavin Newsom introduced his first proposed state budget. The $144 billion plan is the first step in a months-long process to adopt a state budget before the July 1st deadline.

The Judicial Branch proposal includes more than $350 million in additional funding. After the Jameson decision and 30 years without an increase in the statutory transcript fee, how much of it is going to hire new State-employed court reporters or to fund a rate increase? Zero. More than $9 million is proposed for raises of Judicial Council and other state-level staff; millions more for judges’ salaries.

Remember, this proposal is just the starting point. CCRA is already working to make 2019 the year we secure a long overdue rate increase, especially now that freelancers covering court work are also statutorily bound by those rates, and funding to increase the number of court reporters provided in courtrooms statewide. Stay tuned for more California Budget Watch emails.


Dynamex Explained

The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dynamex created a new legal test for determining whether someone is an “independent contractor” and not an employee. In order to be properly classified as an independent contractor, the hiring entity must prove each of the three factors in the “ABC Test”: (A) The worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact; and (B) The worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; and (C) The worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as that involved in the work performed. In the context of court reporters, the analysis will depend upon the particular facts and circumstances of each individual relationship. While it is ultimately unclear how Dynamex will be applied to court reporters, this article provides a detailed legal overview to assist our members with understanding the key issues. READ MORE