Building Leadership and Power for a Stronger Union


As our Tentative Agreement works its way through the Legislature and toward the governor’s desk, we’re already working to build power for the challenges ahead.

On Feb. 11 -12, speaking to a meeting of our Statewide Bargaining Advisory Committee (SBAC), our statewide officers charted a course for our next phase of building a stronger union: Not just implementing and enforcing a contract but developing our leadership and organizing around issues that impact all of us.

“Together we’re building a stronger union so we can defend our rights through collective power,” said Tamekia N. Robinson, Vice President for Organizing/Representation.

“We are living in a challenging time,” said President Yvonne R. Walker. “We’re in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. We have always been ready to stand up and fight back when the time is right. We will continue to be ready to meet any challenges in the future.”

Commitment and leadership will make the difference. Each member of our union can become a leader in their own way. The moment we take the first small step, by having a conversation with a coworker or attending a meeting or a rally, we grow in our leadership to protect our hard-earned rights.

“It all comes back to tapping into our power, our vision and our commitment,” said Theresa Taylor, Vice President /Secretary-Treasurer.

“Each of us has to make sure that we’re constantly growing in our leadership so that we can empower others to become stronger leaders themselves,” said Margarita Maldonado, Vice President for Bargaining. “Our power is in our unity and in making the choice to lead.”

Ready to step up? Become an Action Team Member in your workplace. For more information, talk to your union steward or call the Member Resource Center at 866.471.SEIU (7348)