Don Turko

Don Turko

t: 916.258.8800


Mr. Turko is a human resources consultant with over 41 years of combined public sector labor relations and human resources experience.  He works with our public sector clients on a variety of human resources including:

  • labor and employee relations
  • labor contract negotiations
  • workforce strategic planning
  • employee performance management
  • human resource and labor relations policy review and development
  • recruitment and selection
  • employee benefit administration

Prior to joining the Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP Mr. Turko has served as both a labor union and public sector management executive – bringing him a unique perspective and experience in the field of labor management relations.

Related Experience

Mr. Turko served as Human Resources Director for the counties of San Diego, Solano, San Joaquin, and Butte. Prior to serving as a Human Resources Director, Mr. Turko also served as Director of Employee Relations and Benefits for Sacramento County and as Director of Employee Relations for the Sacramento City Unified School District.  Before serving as a management representative, Don worked for 12 years as a labor negotiator and administrator for several labor unions.  His last labor union assignment was with the California State Employees Association (SEIU Local 1000) where he served as the chief negotiator in negotiations with the state of California.

Mr. Turko has extensive “hands-on” experience in public sector contract negotiations and grievance administration and has worked with the PERB staff under the MMBA, EERA, SEERA and HEERA.  He also has extensive experience in workforce development and succession planning activities that have assisted employers in developing their internal workforce.  His Mentor Partnership Program design won a national recognition award in 2013 from the National Association of Counties (NACO) for excellence in workforce development.


  • County Personnel Administrators Association of California (CPAAC)
  • California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CalPELRA)

Awards and Honors

  • Past State President of CPAAC; Bow Tie Award Recipient
  • Recipient of 2013 CalPELRA “Moving Forward Award” for Innovative Leadership in California Public Sector Labor Relations

Negotiations Experience

Mr. Turko has over 43 years of experience in labor relations and human resource management as both a labor union negotiator and as a public sector executive manager.  A high level overview of his California labor relations experience includes:

  • California State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1000
    Served as chief negotiator for the union’s CSU unit negotiations in 1984 and the State Civil Service unit negotiations in 1985 and 1987.
  • Sacramento City School District
    As Employee Relations Manager, Don managed the employee relations function for the District and conducted the Teacher and SEIU unit negotiations for the District from 1988 to 1992.
  • Sacramento County
    As Director of Employee Relations, Don managed the employee relations function for the County from 1992 to 1998; supervising the negotiations process through subordinate staff, as well as serving as chief negotiator in the DSA, Welfare Supervisor, Miscellaneous Law Enforcement, Engineer, and Probation units.
  • Butte County
    As Human Resources Director, Don managed the human resources function, including labor negotiations from 1998 to 2000.
  • San Joaquin County
    As Director of Human Resources, Don managed the human resources function for the County from 2000 to 2006, which also included the labor relations function for a majority of that time.  During that time Don served as chief negotiator for the SEIU and Probation bargaining units while managing other subordinate negotiators and consultants.
  • Solano County
    As Director of Human Resources, Don managed the human resources function for the County from 2006 to 2011, including labor relations.  In addition to coordinating subordinate staff and consultants, Don also served as chief negotiator for the SEIU, DSA, and Middle Management units during his time with the County.