Disclaimer: In the history of Local 1000, we could have never
imagined writing a newsletter headline that began with
those words, but considering the source of this nasty
language, we were not surprised. We deeply apologize to our
represented employees who may be offended by the vulgar headline,
but the newsletter’s purpose is to report Local 1000 news.
On August 11, 2021, SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown
was the victim of an unprovoked attack by both CalPERS Board
Member Vice-President Theresa Taylor and her daughter, now former
Local 1000 DLC 786 President Anna Taylor. The response was
prompted when the Taylors were asked if they would be attending
the Local 1000’s Lassen County California Correctional Center
Closure and Union RIghts Rally on August 27. This vulgar
commentary suggested what actions President Richard Louis Brown
could take. In their profanity-laden, racially-charged and
homophobic text-tirade, Anna Taylor resigned her position 48
hours later. Her mother, Theresa Taylor, who also serves as
Vice-President of DLC 786, will automatically assume the
“Imagine me, a black man telling a white woman and her
daughter, to do the suggestive acts that Theresa and Anna
Taylor just told me. I would have been fired on the spot,
ran out of state service, and with no hope of
reinstatement to state service” said President Richard
SEIU Local 1000, the CalPERS Board, and the State of California
all prohibit suggestive or obscene comments which are spelled out
in their respective Code of Conduct policies. All agencies
require state employees to take some form of harassment training
class on an annual basis. As state employees we all understand
the boundaries that come with the positions we hold so when an
elected representative, like a CalPERS Board member or DLC
President, crosses-the-line of decorum, they should expect the
same consequences as everyone else.
Some of our new members may not remember that Theresa Taylor
served as Yvonne Walker’s Secretary/Treasurer before being backed
by SEIU Local 1000 in her bid for the CalPERS Board.
To date, Theresa Taylor still sits on the CalPERS Board as the
Vice-President, State Member Representative. We encourage CalPERS
members to contact every Board
Member to let them know that this conduct violates
CalPERS policy and is unacceptable for an elected representative.
Now DLC 786 President Theresa Taylor also still sits on the Local
1000 Board of Directors. It’s ironic that no HR1 has been filed
by any of her fellow DLC Presidents, even though they
helped write the Policy File and are in a position to enforce it.
We hope that changes very soon!