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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.

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Yvonne R. Walker
President

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.

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Kevin Menager
Vice President / Secretary-Treasurer

Rancho Cordova native Kevin Menager’s state career spans back more than 30 years, with early stops at the Office of State Architect and the California Department of Social Services. For 28 years, he’s worked at the Franchise Tax Board in Sacramento in the area of Information Technology. He’s currently an IT Specialist I.

Married, with three daughters ranging in age from 23 to 29, he’s active in his community and Parkside Community Church, supporting Black Lives Matter and LGBTIQ rights issues and brings his labor voice when he participates in the Poor People’s campaign. Raising a special needs child, he’s an advocate for fair and appropriate educational opportunities for his daughter and others.

A “card-carrying union member since day one,” Menager became an activist shortly thereafter when he “saw how easy it was to step up and become involved.” Working in District Labor Council 786, he was elected as a General Council Delegate to the California State Employee’s Association. He was a Unit 1 District Bargaining Unit Representative and part of our bargaining team in 2007-08.

Kevin Menager believes in “the nobility of labor and all the workers it represents” and looks forward to building a committed and engaged membership by reinforcing to his fellow members that “the union’s got their back.”

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Anica Walls
Vice President for Organizing / Representation

Born in Los Angeles, Anica Walls was raised in the agricultural landscape surrounding Ventura, California, where she lived in a community largely populated with immigrant farmworkers. An early memory of the labor issues and politics of the time was when, at the age of 5, she was told she couldn’t have grapes because “we can’t buy grapes right now,” in support of the famous boycott launched by Cesar Chavez.

She was influenced greatly by her father and her “tia,” who reinforced in her how important it is to be fair and just and to treat all others with humanity.

Her passion for the working class carried her through college at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Latin American and Latino Studies and Community Studies.

Out of college, she worked as an organizer helping at-risk and poor residents get much-needed services in Mexico, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Sacramento, including Head Start and the Mission Neighborhood Center.

Her state career began in 2006, and she works in Sacramento as a Disability Evaluation Analyst III at the Department of Social Services.  She’s been recognized for her work with an Excellence in Customer Service award in 2017.

In 2007, she became a Union Steward after witnessing repeated incidents of management harassing her fellow employees. As the Vice President for Organizing/Representation, she hopes to foster greater member engagement by making Local 1000 visible in our worksites, believing “we are all stronger together.”

Anica is married and the mother of two boys. She lives in Sacramento.

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Tony Owens
Vice President for Bargaining

Tony Owens’ work as an Interface Coordinator in the Information Technology Department at CalPERS will serve him well as our new Vice President for Bargaining at Local 1000. His work involves bridging the gap between software developers and various divisions at CalPERS. “I see bargaining as doing much the same, bridging the gap between members and the state, seeking ways to reach a positive outcome.”

Previously, Owens worked at CDCR in the Division of Adult Parole Operations, where he helped keep California’s citizens safe by providing parolee data to the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System. He later worked as a Business Analyst at CalPERS, leading up to his current assignment. 

Owens is the single father of a boy and a girl and has turned the challenges of raising his children into dedicated community service. He received valuable assistance from the Centers for Fathers for Families (CFF), a group dedicated to strengthening families through enrichment and empowerment. He now gives back to CFF’s “Daddy’s Here” program, advising fathers about raising a family in a divorce environment.

A 12-year state employee, Owens experienced first-hand the power of our union when, in 2007, he was laid off during a large-scale realignment at CDCR. He benefitted from the union’s negotiated process to mitigate the job losses and was able to transfer to CalPERS, where he’s been ever since. He’s been a Local 1000 steward for four years.

Tony Owens looks forward to raising the public profile of our members and the valuable services they provide, while at the same time building stronger relationships among our members and engaging and empowering them to effect real change.

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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
DCA

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Joel Chan

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

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Eric Alcaraz

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

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Maureen Thompson

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

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Anthony Harrison

The changes we seek in our communities begin with us

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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