Local 1000 leaders from across the state came together in December to build the next generation of unapologetic leaders who possess a shared vision for building the Power of Us.

Developing leaders is a priority for Local 1000, and we prepared our leaders and our union for an exciting and challenging 2018, working around the themes of developing strength, power and individual leadership. Members in attendance shared the stories of why they chose to step into their leadership and how they’re woven into the fabric of our union’s history.

“Our members learned that nothing in our fight for a stronger union comes easy, or lands in your lap. “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything for that matter. If you are a leader in Local 1000, you take it.” – Tamekia Robinson, Vice President for Organizing/ Representation.

Exploring what it truly means to say, “#iChooseMyUnion,” Local 1000 leaders presented a theatrical production of “A Labor Day Carol.” Main character Ellen Rouge, a state worker and mother of a college bound student, is just trying to make ends meet, and we saw how the promise of “right to work” is really an attack on all we stand for.

Members held discussions on the importance of identifying the inner motivation and purpose of their own leadership journey. They talked about turning fear into power, for when we face fear and overcome it with courage, we demonstrate our power. When we do that together, we build the Power of Us.

“We need to step into our power – the power of our principles, our determination to persist and a healthy dose of grit. We will take a stand for making California, our country and our world a better place to live in,” said Theresa Taylor, Vice President/ Secretary-Treasurer