27. Yvonne Walker
Yvonne Walker heads SEIU Local 1000, which has 96,000 members and is the state’s largest bargaining unit. She’s been president of Local 1000 for a decade, and in May she was re-elected to another term. That’s straightforward. But it was a tough election: She got in, but three of her top lieutenants were rejected and replaced by followers of the rival who Walker defeated for the presidency. Perhaps all is tranquil now at Local 1000, perhaps not. But regardless of the internal issues, Walker, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, is a major player in California politics. She commands a local that represents a huge chunk of the state workforce, and that translates into political clout. She is adamantly opposed to the Trump administration’s immigration policies, backs California as a sanctuary state and wants U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents barred from labor offices.
Updated Aug. 15, 2o18