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 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 over 95,000 state workers. 

Leadership development is at the heart of Margarita’s work as a union leader. Whether she’s collaborating with Local 1000 shop stewards on improving working conditions, sharing information with union activists on legislative issues or working with colleagues at SEIU’s California State Council where she serves on the Executive Board, Margarita’s approach has always been to help provide information, resources and moral support to those interested in growing into leadership.     

Margarita grew up–and is raising her family–in Sacramento but maintains deep ties to the Central Valley, where her extended family lives. It is there where she has participated in coalition-building between regional churches, community groups and labor organizations fighting for jobs, better wages and retirement security for residents in the area.  Forging strong ties among community stakeholders committed to the struggle for economic and social justice has been Margarita’s passion from the beginning.