New era begins as Local 1000 leaders take office
Building power to face challenges, maximize opportunities is a central theme

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Local 1000’s new leadership took the oath of office on Sunday, beginning a new era for the union as it prepares for challenges and opportunities that face our members and our families.

Fifty-one new and returning District Labor Council (DLC) presidents were sworn in. These DLC leaders have a seat on our Board of Directors—commonly called the Local 1000 Council—and represent thousands of members that live and work in those DLCs.

Our statewide officers also began a three-year term of service. Returning President Yvonne R. Walker was joined by vice presidents Margarita Maldonado (bargaining), Tamekia N. Robinson (organizing/representation) and the newly-elected Theresa Taylor (secretary/treasurer).

Speaking about developing leaders at every level, Walker issued a challenge:  “As leaders, we have a responsibility to constantly think bigger, act better, to be thoughtful and deliberate to live our Purpose Statement to the fullest.”

Looking ahead to the future

Among the challenges and opportunities facing our new leadership: Local 1000’s current contract expires next year; preparations for bargaining are already underway. Our retirement security is facing yet another attack from wealthy right-wing extremists, leading a list of priorities in a critical 2016 election cycle.

“As leaders, we have a responsibility to constantly think bigger, act better, to be thoughtful and deliberate to live our Purpose Statement to the fullest.” 

—Yvonne R. Walker, President