Stronger Together

Local 1000 is a strong member led union. 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, economic and environmental 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.


Yvonne R. Walker

Legal Secretary
Department of Justice

For more than 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 later took on the role as Vice President for Bargaining. In May of 2008, she 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.


Margarita Maldonado
Vice President for Bargaining

Associate Information Systems Analyst
Department of Justice

Margarita Maldonado’s passion for forging strong ties among community stakeholders and her commitment to the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice have been paramount throughout her leadership.

Margarita has dedicated more than a quarter of a century to public service. While working as an IT Analyst for the California Department of Justice, she became active in her union and later 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 the 96,000 state workers she represents.


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.   


Theresa Taylor
Vice President / Secretary-Treasurer

Principal Compliance Representative
Franchise Tax Board

Long-time Local 1000 and community activist Theresa Taylor was elected as Vice President / Secretary-Treasurer in 2015. She has served as President of District Labor Council (DLC) 786, on Local 1000’s Executive Board and on our Budget Committee. She has also served on the Real Time Strategic Change Design Team and the Retirement Security Team.


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Our Members
Member Spotlight

Wandra Pitts

We are the voice for the voiceless.

Member Spotlight Memoriam

Meghan Burkhart

Ultimately, we’re trying to protect Californians: our friends, our families, our neighbors. For me, it’s all tied together.
-Meghan Burkhart

Member Spotlight

Joel Chan

At job sites where almost everybody is a union member, supervisors follow the contract by the letter; they don’t mess around.

Member Spotlight

Eric Alcaraz

“We are a union, but we are part of the community … and the community is us.” 

Member Spotlight

Maureen Thompson

Our union really is member-led. Our members do a lot. 

Member Spotlight

Anthony Harrison

The changes we seek in our communities begin with us

Member Spotlight

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

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

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.

Member Spotlight

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

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

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

Maria Patterson
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

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

Irene Livingston
EDD Steward, San Jose

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

Member Spotlight

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

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.