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California Assembly Bill 5: ATA Takes a Stand

September/October 2019 Issue

California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) has been in the news a great deal lately. This bill seeks to solidify and codify the so-called “Dynamex” decision on the classification of contractors and employees in California. The Dynamex decision was a significant departure from the generally accepted definition of contractors and employees. It created a standard whereby […]

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Palm Springs, Here We Come!

July/August 2019 Issue

Getting ready for ATA60 in Palm Springs!

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Interpreters: A Critical Presence in ATA

May/June 2019 Issue

With over 3,000 individual members, ATA’s Interpreters Division1 includes nearly one third of our Association’s total membership. During my time in ATA—now about 17 years—interpreters have played an ever-growing role (literally, and figuratively!) in ATA, to the greater benefit of the Association as a whole. That growing presence has also motivated us in ATA’s leadership […]

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Opening the Certification Exam to Nonmembers: A New Direction for ATA

March/April 2019 Issue

One of ATA’s strengths is, undoubtedly, stability. While many professional associations have struggled to remain relevant in the 21st century, we’re thrilled that ATA is on solid financial footing. This stability has allowed us to pursue several “capital improvement” projects, such as a fully redesigned website—hopefully to go live before our Palm Springs conference—and an […]

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The Dynamex Decision and ATA’s Advocacy Role

January/February 2019 Issue

Within ATA, we try to keep a close eye on federal, state, and local government issues that might affect our members. A recent example is the landmark California Superior Court decision “Dynamex Operations West, Inc. versus the Superior Court of Los Angeles.” The so-called Dynamex decision included a new definition of independent contractors as opposed […]

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Turning the Page into 2019

November/December 2018 Issue

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of what we’ve achieved—both within ATA and within our own jobs and businesses—and look ahead to the new year. ATA has so much to celebrate this year, including: Adding two new language combinations (Chinese>English and English>Arabic) to our Certification Program. We’re also excited that […]

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Elections, Position Papers, and More: ATA Counts on Your Voice

September/October 2018 Issue

As I write this in mid-August, ATA’s 2017–2018 Board has met for the last time (in beautiful Portland, Oregon!), and we’re speeding toward ATA’s 59th Annual Conference in New Orleans at the end of October, where we’ll elect new directors to ATA’s Board. Six candidates—Eve Bodeux, Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner, Diego Mansilla, Meghan McCallum, Tianlu Redmon, and […]

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Looking Ahead to ATA59

July/August 2018 Issue

By the time you read this, registration will be open for ATA’s 59th Annual Conference, to be held October 24–27 in New Orleans—definitely one of the best conference destinations in the United States! In January of this year, President-Elect and Conference Organizer Ted Wozniak, Professional Development Manager Adrian Aleckna, Executive Director Walter “Mooch” Bacak, and […]

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Continuity and Renewal within ATA

May/June 2018 Issue

ATA has many strengths—including every one of our 10,500 members—and one of our greatest is certainly our mix of continuity and renewal. To keep an association like ours going from 1959 to 2018 and beyond requires both steadiness and adaptability—a willingness to embrace the new and the old, especially when we think of the changes […]

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