A statewide network of nonpartisan advocates for our professions and the communities we serve.

Assembly Bill 5, the so-called "gig worker" bill will take effect on January 1, 2020. This bill applies a one-size-fits-all definition of "employee" for independent contractors working in professions which did not achieve an exemption in the bill. 

The Coalition of Practicing Translators & Interpreters of California, CoPTIC, was formed by a group of professional, working interpreters and translators in the state of California concerned with defending the independence of language professionals. We are composed of court, administrative hearing, and medical certified interpreters; conference and community interpreters; translation and interpretation educators; and certified translators. We are all practicing professionals.

AB 5, aims to rectify the misclassification of workers in several industries in California. Workers in some occupations are clamoring to be protected through AB 5. However, professional interpreters and translators prize the long-standing independence that has defined our occupations. Lawmakers are learning of the serious risks from applying a cookie-cutter standard to our profession amid our lobbying to respect the autonomy that is a hallmark of our fields. 

Although AB5 passed and has been signed into law, we are working with a proven, professional policy advocate who represents our desire to remain autonomous and be included in the list of occupations already exempt from AB 5. We are organizing informational meetings in the coming weeks (see below) to plan next steps and consult with our policy advocate. 

We are also running a GoFundMe campaign to pay for the advocate. We are more than halfway towards our fundraising goal. Please consider donating today!


Live in Northern California?

Come to our Urgent Briefing and Call to Action!

      WHEN: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

      WHERE: Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San                             Francisco, CA 9408026

Visit our Eventbrite page to register to attend.

Thanks to the 120 people who attended our first organization meeting in Southern California on September 30th!



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