TTIG: Join us today!

You may work independently, but you don’t have to go it alone.

The Translators & Interpreters Guild (TTIG) was created by and for professional interpreters and translators who work as freelancers and contractors. Whether fighting for fair pay or securing affordable insurance, our members understand the benefits of working collectively.

By joining together, we can protect both those we serve and our own livelihoods.

We know interpreters need a voice in politics. TTIG lobbies to advance language access rights, demand equitable wages and working conditions, and safeguard high professional standards.

As affiliates of The News Guild-CWA, our voice is backed by some of the nation’s largest unions of private and public staff interpreters, including the California Federation of Interpreters (CFI) and American Sign Language Interpreters United (ASLIU).


Members of TTIG are eligible for professional support, services and benefits, including:

Access to vision, dental & health plans

TTIG members are eligible to buy into affordable group dental and vision plans offered through our local, Pacific Media Workers Guild.

Most members can secure better deals on individual health policies through our partnership with Association Health Plans (insurance subject to state regulations and may not be available in all areas).

Help creating (& collecting on) employment contracts

Our members and staff can advise you on how to negotiate a fair contract, what language to watch out for, and what to do when a client doesn’t pay up. And upon request, our support staff will contact non-responsive employers with formal demands to pay what they owe, in a reasonable time frame.

Networking assistance & job search tools

Members are invited to our national LinkedIn group, where professional interpreters and translators in many states share career tips, job leads and more. You will be listed in our referral directory of union interpreters (pending), and have the right to use our “Union Freelancer” logo to market to union clients on your cards, website and correspondence.

Continuing education

TTIG members are eligible for all the education benefits offered through CWA, including access to, the CWA-NETT academy, scholarships, seminars and more. Members also get discount admission to conferences and continuing seminars sponsored by the California Federation of Interpreters, with CEU credits approved by a number of states and accreditation agencies.


As official members of the AFL-CIO, TTIG members can take advantage of the wide array of Union Plus benefits and services, including discounts on car rentals, AT&T wireless service, Dell computers, Goodyear tires and much more.

Membership Dues

Full voting membership in TTIG costs $12 per month, or $144 annually, and includes all the benefits and services outlined above. Students and retirees qualify for a non-voting membership at $6 per month ($72 annually), which does not include access to benefits. You can pay dues with your ATM card, credit card or bank through PayPal by clicking the button below.

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