Protect Our Pensions

12-21-2017
Jacqueline Terry hugs an AFSCME retiree.
Jacqueline Terry hugs an AFSCME retiree.

AFSCME Council 5 recommends Jacqueline Terry to fill a vacancy on the Board of the Minnesota State Retirement System.  MSRS provides retirement benefits to state employees, as well as Metropolitan Council employees and many non-faculty employees at the University of Minnesota.  Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters in early February; the deadline to vote is March 1, 2018.

Read Jacqueline Terry’s statement and learn how she will defend our defined benefit pensions.  She has applied for a General/Unclassified seat.  The position is a four-year term beginning May 7, 2018.

Jacqueline Terry

Candidate for Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) Board

I currently work for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) – Labor Market Information (LMI) Office as a State Program Administrator Technical Specialist.

I am a long time resident of the City of St. Paul and a graduate of St Paul Central High School.  I have completed various University level courses, workshops, and training that have prepared me to represent the best interest of public service employees.  I understand through my training and educational background, the importance of governance, finance, and employment matters that provide essential checks and balances for the board’s decisions.  I have also received training through AFSCME in

  • Executive leadership
  • Member recruitment
  • Contract negotiations
  • Finance and budget management
  • Strategic planning
  • Collaboration and team building

My experience includes 34+ years of employment with the State of Minnesota; 34+ years as a vested member of MSRS, and as a dedicated member of AFSCME Council 5.  Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to serve in various elected positions such as Vice President and President of AFSCME Local 22; and I currently serve as an elected AFSCME Council 5 Executive Board member.  Additionally, I have served on Generations of Faith Missionary Baptist Church Executive Board for many years; and currently volunteer as Ramsey County elections Assistant Head Judge.

I am interested in serving on the MSRS Board of Directors because I believe in servant leadership.  I am open to learning and creating opportunities for systemic growth.  I am interested in participating in agency oversight, and collaborating with others related to the strategic planning and development of MSRS and the pension process.  More importantly, I want to use my creative energy to be the voice of many members and share my expertise on complex issues.  Besides, this is also a perfect opportunity to get more involved in the community, now that I am getting closer to retirement age.