Stronger Together

The purpose of Local 1000 is to have the power necessary to give our members—and all Californians—the opportunity to have a good life, live in sustainable communities and enjoy the fruits of social and economic justice.

We will achieve this by engaging and developing our members and by creating strategic alliances with key leaders and organizations who share our purpose and values.

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Yvonne R. Walker

Legal Secretary
Department of Justice

For 20 years, Yvonne Walker has dedicated her life to serving the people of California through public service. Yvonne began working for the State of California at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 1995 as a legal secretary. She soon became a union steward and led efforts to organize her coworkers at the DOJ. Before becoming president of Local 1000, Yvonne chaired our office and allied workers Bargaining team (Unit 4) and was later Vice President for bargaining statewide. In May of 2008, Yvonne Walker broke racial and gender barriers to become the first African-American woman president of SEIU Local 1000. Currently, President Walker is also a Vice President on SEIU International’s Executive Board.

“We cannot get stuck in a race to the bottom. Good Jobs improve our economy and strengthen the middle class.”

—Yvonne R. Walker 
President, Local 1000

Yvonne developed her leadership skills in the U.S. Marine Corps where she learned the importance of discipline, dedication and unity of purpose.  As President of Local 1000, she has put those leadership qualities to use by empowering Local 1000’s membership to get involved in the fight for economic and social justice. Her efforts have given Local 1000 a stronger collective voice in its fight to defend working families from assaults on their pensions, wages and benefits, and health care. 

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Margarita Maldonado
Vice President for Bargaining

Associate Information Systems Analyst
Department of Justice

Margarita Maldonado has dedicated a quarter of a century to public service. While working as an Information Systems Analyst for the California Department of Justice, she became active in her union and soon became the Chair of Local 1000’s Bargaining Unit 1, the largest civil sector bargaining unit in the State of California. From there she was elected Local 1000’s Vice President for Bargaining, where she’s led contract negotiations for over 95,000 state workers. 

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Tamekia N. Robinson
Vice President for Organizing / Representation

Tax Technician II
Board of Equalization

Tamekia Robinson’s quick rise in the U.S. labor movement has been a testament to her exceptional leadership skills and her dedication to broadening the scope and relevancy of unions to a younger generation of workers. A little over a decade ago, she started working for the state as a Program Technician at California’s State Fund. In those short 10 years, she has gone from being a Local 1000 shop steward to being elected statewide as the Vice President for Organizing / Representation for 95,000 state workers.   

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M. Cora Okumura
Vice President / Secretary-Treasurer

Senior Insurance Examiner Specialist
Department of Insurance

Cora has served as Vice President Secretary-Treasurer for SEIU Local 1000 for over six years.  Members overwhelmingly elected Cora to this position because of her integrity and financial experience. As part of her duties, Cora provides financial and budget analysis and updates to Local 1000’s 61-member Executive Board.  She also chairs Local 1000’s Agenda Committee, Budget Committee and its DLC Grants Committee.



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Bobby Roy

I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did if it weren’t for the provisions that were in the contract. It’s a privilege that’s been fought for. I wouldn’t be here if not for the union.

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Brenda Ferguson
DMV, Sacramento

It feels good to step up and serve where I can, and I’m proud of our union’s commitment to the community through our Purpose Statement.

Member Spotlight
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Erin Thuston
Department of Social Services, Sacramento

The retirement issues of young professionals in their 20s and early 30s may seem far off for a board that is developing a system to help people retire in their 60s, but we are California’s future.

Member Spotlight
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Robert Bayze
DHCS, Co-founder of Young DLC, Sacramento

I became a member activist as soon as I started working because I wanted to help others in the community obtain state jobs.

Member Spotlight
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Rebecca Celaya
Health Records Center, South Sacramento

This demonstrates how we can achieve real gains working through the Joint Labor Management Committees that Local 1000 bargained for in our contract.

Member Spotlight
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Maria Patterson
Vice Chair, Bargaining Unit 15

This settlement is another example of what workers can accomplish with a contract and aggressive enforcement of its provisions.

Member Spotlight
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Theresa Taylor
Franchise Tax Board employee & CalPERS Board Member

I want to make sure the stability and security we’ve worked so hard to earn will be there for our families when we need it most.

Member Spotlight
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Zena Anderson
Night Attendant, California School for the Deaf, Fremont

Our legal victory follows an organizing victory here because for the first time this group of mostly deaf employees is mobilized, and we fought back.

Member Spotlight
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Irene Livingston
EDD Steward, San Jose

We’re all committed to providing help that Californians can rely on, especially those most in need.

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Karen Smith Sayer
Steward, Pelican Bay State Prison

This win should encourage others to stand up and fight against management abuse. If we can win it, they can win it too.

Member Spotlight
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Brad Willis
Chair, Bargaining Unit 11

Unit 11 workers don’t have to choose between finishing their education and working for the state. Now they can do both.

Member Spotlight
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Dorrie Steadman
CDCR nurse, Leader in Raise Up San Diego

We built a coalition, and took action to help to lift thousands of low-wage workers closer to a middle class life.

Member Spotlight Memoriam
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Rest in Peace, Brother

Jan Juric

1947 – 2015

Dept. of Transportation
Right-of-Way Agent
30 years

Active Steward, DLC 793
13 years