No. 24: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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24. Yvonne Walker

Last year, SEIU Local 1000 leader Yvonne Walker, who exclusively handles collective bargaining for nearly 100,000 state workers, was a campaign force for Hillary in California and probably hoped that by this time labor would be reaping the benefits of the third straight term of a Democratic president. Instead, she’s fighting to protect her workers from increasingly aggressive ICE tactics, but Walker, a Marine Corps veteran, isn’t one to shy away from a fight. For the past decade she’s gone to the mat for her members as the giant local’s first black female president. She’s one of the most influential voices on California’s Secure Choice Retirement Board. Essentially, if there’s a fight out there, Walker will get involved, and there are plenty of fights out there: In addition to supporting Labor Commission head Julie Su’s memo directing labor offices to keep ICE agents out, Walker has also gotten the SEIU behind proposed legislation to make California a sanctuary state.

Updated Aug. 29, 2o17

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