CFA Endorses Former SEIU Leader for Retiree Seat in CalPERS Special Election
If you’re a retiree, make sure you vote in the CalPERS Board Special Election!
CFA retirees are eligible to vote in the election to determine representation on the governing body for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Ballots are due September 26.
CalPERS members (excluding survivors and beneficiaries) retired as of July 1, 2022 can vote in this election.
CFA members endorsed a long-time union leader running to continue her advocacy for pension and health benefits earned by CalPERS members and retirees: Yvonne Walker.
Walker has served California and this nation for more than 35 years, working as union president, retirement security advocate, experienced pension fiduciary, state worker, and Marine Corps veteran. Her unique background and accomplishments exemplify the value of service. For 13 years, Walker was president of SEIU Local 1000, the first Black woman to hold that role.
She has maintained her ground against the repeated attacks by those who would strip CalPERS members of their hard-earned benefits.
“As union president, she successfully negotiated with the governor to prefund retiree health care benefits to ensure coverage for members when they retire,” said Steven Filling, chair of CFA’s Political Action and Legislative Committee. “She also negotiated directly with private health plan providers, crafting agreements to keep premium rates affordable while providing additional benefits, including money-back rebates.
“She has the background to make decisions to benefit our members.”
Learn more about Walker, her values, and platform here. Pledge to vote for Walker here.
Ballots were mailed last week to CFA retirees, and voting is open until September 26. CFA retirees can mail in their ballot or vote online or by phone. For more information and to vote online, visit the CalPERS website.
This communication is paid for by the California Faculty Association.