Margarita Maldonado
Vice President for Bargaining

Associate Information Systems Analyst
Department of Justice

Margarita Maldonado’s passion for forging strong ties among community stakeholders and her commitment to the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice have been paramount throughout her leadership.

Margarita has dedicated more than 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 the 96,000 state workers she represents.

Leadership development is at the heart of Margarita’s work as a union leader. Whether she’s collaborating with Local 1000 job 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 provide information, resources and moral support to those interested in growing into leadership.

Margarita’s dedication for leadership development goes beyond the worksite and into our communities. Today she leads two community based coalitions that provide workforce development opportunities in the Fresno area and tackle the housing crisis in the Sacramento region. Her leadership in both these coalitions brings together churches, community based organizations, democratic groups and, most importantly, impacted constituents.

In April 2017, Margarita was elected President of the Sacramento Central Labor Council (CLC), which is made up of 90 union affiliates and includes more than 170,000 working people throughout 6 counties – Sacramento, Yolo, Amador, El Dorado, Placer and Nevada. 

Margarita grew up—and is raising her family—in Sacramento but maintains deep ties to the Central Valley, where her extended family lives.