VP for Representation Rocky Sanchez, a Southern California native who grew up in La Puente, holds a BA in organizational studies from Pitzer College in Claremont. She has worked at Cal Poly Pomona since 1992, serving as an administrative support coordinator in the Department of Architecture since 2000. Raised in a union family, her father was an organizer and business agent for the AFL-CIO. “In high school,” she recounts, “I used to help my dad organize workers by getting myself hired into non-union shops and handing out information to get a vote for the union. Worked every time.”
Bargaining Unit 2 Chair Tessy Reese runs the Health Center Immunization Clinic at San Diego State University, where she’s worked since 1997. Growing up in a military family, she lived in Long Beach, San Diego, and Virginia before permanently settling in San Diego, where she built a 15-year career in nursing acute care facilities before joining SDSU’s staff. “I have had the pleasure to sit on our union’s bargaining team since 2009,” she says. “These are hard-working folks who stand together and are united to fight for a contract that we can be truly proud of for all our represented employees.”
Bargaining Unit 2 Vice-Chair Pam Robertson, a clinical assistant at the Sacramento State Student Health Center, started as a temporary clinical aide in 1987 after working in property management for the prior decade. “Little did I know I would develop a passion for serving our students,” she says. “Twenty-nine years later, I still have the same passion for serving students and assisting in their healthcare.” This fourth-generation Sacramentan has helped negotiate three full contracts since joining the bargaining team. “When I started,” she says, “it was a pleasant surprise to see how the team embraced each other’s ideas, came to a consensus, and so often succeeded in convincing the university to accept our proposals.”
Bargaining Unit 5 Chair Mike Chavez is a lead groundsworker at CSU Stanislaus, where he began in 1999 after working 15 years at Merced Community College. Born and raised in Merced, he earned an AA degree in landscape horticulture and was a union activist at Merced College. “I have always been a strong supporter of unions, having spent close to 33 years of my life believing in the values of a unionized workforce,” he says. It is not surprising to him that CSUEU has a very committed, assertive, dedicated, and disciplined team. “I would like to thank our members for their support at the bargaining table.”
Bargaining Unit 5 Vice-Chair Sergio Roldan grew up in San Bernardino, where he still lives today. He has served as a custodian at CSU San Bernardino since 1993. He became involved with the union five years ago after taking action against an abusive supervisor who managed other employees. “When I saw the fear and humiliation on the faces of the staff members reporting to him, I knew I had to take a stand against this abusive behavior,” he recalls. He drafted a petition calling for the supervisor’s dismissal, convinced 90 percent of the custodians to sign it, and submitted it across the administration. That manager was ultimately fired. Soon after, at the urging his peers, Sergio became a steward and BU5 representative, then, in 2014, he assumed his current role. “I will fight to advance our members’ career hopes and aspirations,” he says.
Bargaining Unit 7 Chair Carolyn Duckett began her CSU career in 1995 in Human Resources at the Office of the Chancellor. In 2003, she progressed to an Administrative Support Coordinator II position in the Common Management System department. Wanting to support the union, she became the Chapter 313 Unit 7 Representative and was soon elected as chief steward. She then took on statewide duties, first as a member-at-large for Bargaining Unit 7 and subsequently as the BU7 vice chair. In January, statewide BU7 Chair Rocky Sanchez became the statewide VP for Representation, moving Carolyn into her position. “I am pleased to be a part of a great leadership team, including our officers, chapter presidents, BU Council members, and CSUEU staff, all of whom work so hard to deliver outstanding service to our members,” she says.
Bargaining Unit 7 Vice-Chair Rosa Jones grew up in San Luis Obispo County and holds a BA in history from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has worked at Cal Poly SLO in various capacities since the early 1990s, for the past nine years serving as an administrative support coordinator in the College of Science and Math. “Throughout my 27 years as staff at CSU Cal Poly SLO,” she says, “I have had the privilege of supporting fellow staff and students alike. I became active in CSUEU seven years ago and have served as a chapter steward and organizing chair, as a statewide Organizing Committee member, and as an at-large Bargaining Unit 7 representative.” Appointed to her current post in early 2017, she vows to continue to advocate for CSU employees' rights and to be their voice at the bargaining table.
Bargaining Unit 9 Chair Rich McGee is an analyst/programmer at CSU San Bernardino, from which he holds a BA. This bargaining team veteran has negotiated five full contracts and three reopeners. “I’ve learned that the union isn’t the people at the bargaining table,” he says. “It exists inside the hearts and souls of every member. That applies to more than those willing to carry a protest sign, because the union is represented by all members who are willing to act as its eyes and ears in the workplace. If you can attend a bargaining session, please do so! The experience will give you a clearer idea of what the union does on behalf of all our employees.”
Bargaining Unit 9 Vice-Chair Ricardo Uc has activism in his genes. Among his earliest memories is helping his parents in their role as Houston-area organizers during a 1972 United Farm Workers boycott against California wines. He joined the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo IT staff in 1985, originally working with mainframes, and currently serves as an Operations Specialist/Expert, having seen many industry changes over the past three decades. His favorite how-to topic: “How to manage your manager.” As he explains, “This term makes you think about how to be an assertive employee—and that’s a crucial first step toward becoming a formidable union activist.”
Senior Labor Relations Representative (SLRR) Joseph Jelincic, staff assigned, formerly worked at San Francisco State University, from which he holds a BA in labor studies, and was the chapter chief steward. After serving as a political organizer for UNITE HERE, he joined the CSUEU staff as a labor relations representative six years ago and was promoted to SLRR three years ago. He served as CSUEU’s chief negotiator in the last full round of bargaining in 2014 in addition to negotiating on behalf of the union’s smaller units, Unit 13 and University Enterprises Inc. at Sacramento State. “I’ve seen our union from lots of different perspectives because of the different roles I’ve had,” he says. “I’ve always thought that defending the rights and interests of working families was the right thing to do.”