CalPERS Reports Preliminary 6.7 Percent Investment Return for Fiscal Year 2018-19

Sacramento, Calif. – CalPERS today reported a preliminary 6.7 percent net return on investments for the 12-month period that ended June 30, 2019. CalPERS assets at the end of the fiscal year stood at more than $370 billion.

Drivers of the return included the Fixed Income program, which generated a 9.6 percent net return, followed by Private Equity and Public Equity net returns of 7.7 percent and 6.1 percent returns respectively.

Based on these preliminary fiscal year returns, the funded status of the overall CalPERS fund is an estimated 70 percent, down less than a percentage point from fiscal year 2017-18. This estimate is based on a 7 percent discount rate.

“This was a very volatile year for financial markets, but I’m pleased with how we focused on the performance of the total fund,” said Yu (Ben) Meng, CalPERS Chief Investment Officer.

“We saw good returns in several key areas. Our long duration fixed income portfolio contributed positively as interest rates fell. And we are pleased with the outcome of some allocation changes made during the year, which we estimate contributed 70 basis points to fund performance.

“While we did not achieve our 7 percent actuarial return target this fiscal year, I can’t stress strongly enough that we are long-term investors. We make decisions based on an investment horizon that stretches across years and even decades. That’s our focus, and we will continue to analyze all aspects of our portfolio to see how we can generate higher risk-adjusted total returns for our members.”

This year’s return brings total fund performance to 5.8 percent for the five-year time period, 9.1 percent for the 10-year time period, and 5.8 percent for the 20 -year time period. Over the past 30 years, the CalPERS fund has returned an average of 8.1 percent annually.

Today’s announcement includes asset class performance as follows:

Net Rate of Return

Total Fund 6.7%

Public Equity 6.1%

Private Equity 7.7%

Fixed Income 9.6%

Real Assets 3.7%

Liquidity 2.6%

Returns for real estate and private equity reflect market values through March 31, 2019.

CalPERS’ 2018-19 final fiscal year investment performance will be calculated based on audited figures and will be reflected in contribution levels for the State of California and school districts in Fiscal Year 2020-21, and for contracting cities, counties, and special districts in Fiscal Year 2021-22.

The ending value of the CalPERS fund is based on several factors and not investment performance alone. Contributions made to CalPERS from employers and employees, monthly payments made to retirees, and the performance of its investments, among other factors, all influence the ending total value of the Fund.

About CalPERS

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.9 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and the Public Employee Retirement Fund market value currently stands at approximately $373billion making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S. Additionally, we administer benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their families in our health program. For more information, visit

CalPERS health insurance will cost more next year, but not as much more as insurers wanted


Health insurance premiums for CalPERS members are going up next year, but rates will be lower than insurers initially requested, according to 2020 rates published Tuesday.

Premiums will go up 4.65 percent on average next year. Last month, insurers submitted requests for increases to CalPERS that would have raised rates by an average of 7.2 percent.

At last month’s meeting, CalPERS staffers said some insurers likely would reduce premiums for competitive reasons after seeing one another’s published rates. Board members strongly encouraged staff to do all they could to tamp down rate hikes.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System provides health insurance to about 1.5 million people, including current and retired state workers and their dependent family members. The fund also provides health insurance to workers and families of some other public agencies and schools around the state.

The most popular plan CalPERS offers, a Kaiser HMO that had about 630,000 members in January, will go up 3 percent; not the 6 percent announced last month.

CalPERS’ most popular PPO, called PERS Choice, will go up 2.9 percent. Last month, it was projected to increase by 5 percent. The plan had about 221,000 members in January.

Overall, HMO plans are going up an average of about 6 percent, while PPO plans are going up an average of about 3.3 percent.

Premiums for CalPERS’ PPO-style Medicare Advantage plans are decreasing an average 2.5 percent, while the fund’s HMO-style Medicare Advantage plans are increasing by an average of about 6 percent.

The plan with the biggest increase last month, a Health Net Smart Care HMO, reduced its rate hike to about 18 percent, from last month’s 24 percent. Premiums for the plan, which had about 26,000 members in January, are going up partly due to the unexpected addition of about 10,000 new Bay Area policyholders after Blue Shield left the area.

A health care subcommittee of the CalPERS Board of Administration approved the final rates Tuesday. The full board is scheduled on Wednesday to vote on them.

“We negotiate aggressively because we know that many of our members must pay the entire cost of any premium increase entirely out of their own pocket,” said Rob Feckner, the committee’s chairman. “While these rates reflect the current state of the health care market, we expect the health plans that do business with us to also take strong actions to keep costs down. We’ll continue to hold them accountable and to be more transparent as we work on behalf of our 1.5 million members in our program.”

CalPERS staff told the board in May that the premium increases generally stem from the costs of medical care exceeding premium revenue. Radiology tests, walk-in surgeries and office visits all increased among policyholders in 2018, the last full year of data, according to a CalPERS analysis. Prices also increased for prescription drugs, lab tests and emergency room visits.

Policyholders will be able to switch plans during an open enrollment period from Sept. 9 through Oct. 4.

Resolutions for the Biennial Convention 2019

What is a Resolution?

The resolution is one way Union members help determine Local 2620’s policies and actions.  A resolution is quite simply a call to action that is voted on by the members at the convention.  Any member can submit a proposed resolution for consideration to the resolution committee.  If it is approved, it will be presented at the convention for a vote of the members.

If you would like to submit a proposed resolution or have questions feel free to submit them to the membership committee at All resolutions must be submitted before August 7, 2019.

The Resolution Committee will address all proposals received thru August 7, 2019, and present during AFSCME Local 2620 Biennial Convention that will take place on September 7, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame CA.

AFSCME Local 2620 General Membership Meeting Agenda


  • Contract Negotiations
  • Local Pay for High Cost Counties
  • Increase in Employer medical contributions as a raise is anticipated in 2023
  • COLA increase
  • Transparency for recruitment and retention
  • Parity for DSH Clinicians with CDCR Clinicians
  • SDI and paid family medical leave–similar to SEIU
  • Why can’t LPAs contribute to Disability? (in case of pregnancy, it can be used?)
  • Change the contract so that only members get the benefits?
  • Please mention all the good accomplishments at the 2620 Web site
  • Corcoran SATF scanner update

Please forward any questions to be addressed during the call to:


AFSCME Local 2620 May 2019 General Membership Meeting 
Wed, May 29, 2019 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

Please dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 330-338-725

NOTE: Please mute your phone unless you are speaking.

This will remove any unnecessary background noise so all participants hear clearly.

Thank you


CDCR Meet and Confer Regarding ‘Non-Designated’ Yards

As many of you are aware, CDCR is in the process of implementing “Non-Designated” yards at several prisons throughout the state.
Click the following link for more information:
AFSCME Local 2620 will be engaged in a Meet & Confer with California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) to discuss our concerns and to mitigate the impact to our members working throughout CDCR.
It is the opinion of CCHCS that this change DOES NOT impact BU19 members and therefore did not notice us prior to implementation. AFSCME Local 2620 vehemently disagrees with CCHCS and have demanded the right to meet over the changes. We are now scheduled to meet on June 19, 2018.
We are soliciting feedback from all CDCR BU19 members. Please send information to President Abdul Johnson at no later than June 15, 2018, regarding how this change will affect your working conditions and safety.
In Unity,
Abdul Johnson
President – AFSCME Local 2620
Vice President – AFSCME Council 57
2550 N. Hollywood Way, Suite 209
Burbank, CA 91505
(213) 952-4420

Exciting Announcement

We would like to inform you of the (re)creation of the

The mission of this committee is to:
Improve morale and camaraderie through social events, appreciation and recognition of excellence, and supporting members through tough times.
The individuals involved in supporting the welfare and promoting the good are:
Chair- Cindy Ihm
Member- Kristen Annastasia
Member- Matt Tidd
Member- Wanda Wullschleger
Member- Gina Rambeau
Our first order of business as a committee (which was very fitting) was to visit Senior Business Agent Cliff Leo Tillman, Jr. in the hospital during his recent health scare.

We will be recognizing a member every month.
If there is someone who you would like to nominate for "Member of the Month" for going above and beyond, please email us at
Please provide examples of how the nominee demonstrates outstanding dedication, service and commitment, and/or promotes teamwork and inspires others.
If there is someone going through a tough time who could use a little support from their fellow Brothers and Sisters, please email us at
We look forward to serving you in this new capacity. If you have any other ideas and/or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at

SEIU Calls Off Strike

We have just confirmed through the SEIU Local 1000 web site that the strike is OFF!!!
SEIU Local 1000 has reported that they have withdrawn their notice to strike and will continue to bargain with the State since they felt they found a pathway forward.
As previously e-mailed on December 1, we go back to the negotiating table on December 7 & 8. Our hope is that the State will move towards a more equitable agreement for our members.
We will update members after our December 7 & 8 bargaining session with the State of California.

Remembering Our Beloved Sister, Gail Penny

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Central Business Agent Gail Penny. We have lost a dear friend and valued colleague. Gail was such an extraordinary person. This is truly a great loss felt by those who knew her and to our community as a whole. She will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives she touched. Nevertheless, let us remember Gail each time, with a smile upon our faces.
Gail Penny, an amazing human being, passed away unexpectedly, at the age of 64, from heart failure on October 9, 2016. She was many things to countless people and touched a multitude of lives. Gail resided in Visalia, California for the past 27 years and has also been known in the community as Gail Gaffney and Gail Hendershot.
Gail was born on May 5, 1952, in Oakland, California to Jack and Anita Penny. After graduating high school, she proudly served her country in the Navy. After her military service, she worked and went to college, while raising two young children. Gail received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin. When she settled in Visalia, Gail became employed with Tulare Youth Services, where she was an advocate for children’s rights. She then enjoyed serving her community as a psycho-therapist. Her office was in Exeter, California, where she specialized in working with Veterans for a decade. Gail then changed professions and was involved in the mental health field for the Corcoran Department of Corrections for multiple years, where she was very active within her union. She switched gears and spent her last years as a Union Representative with AFSCME Council 57 for mental health employees of the California Department of Corrections. Gail lived life full of passion and was very spiritual. She loved humor and human connection. She always fought for what she believed was right.
Gail’s memory will live on through her loved ones including her daughter Jamie Davis, son Kevin Doyle, grandchildren Brian Davis, Courtney Davis and Neala Aine Doyle, great-granddaughter LeslieAnn Davis, father Jack Penny, brothers Steven and Calvin Penny, sisters-in-law Ginger and Patrice Penny, nephews Brian Pacheco, Kyle Penny, Carson Penny, niece Skye Penny and best friend Cindie Fonseca. Gail’s passing is preceded by her mother, Anita Penny.
We have loved her in life, let us not forget her after death. In loving memory of Gail Penny.