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.
Current legislation, 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.
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.
If translators and interpreters do not get the exemption before the bill gets to the Governor’s desk in less than a week, the users of our services will also feel the impact of the new law. This is bigger than just us.
Because your contribution goes to support our strategic policy advocacy to protect the independence of our professions, it is NOT charitable or tax-deductible. It IS much appreciated.