Sue Mauren: Representative for Central States Retirees

TEAMSTER HISTORY

Sue Mauren was a Teamster employed at the University of Minnesota. She participated in a pension plan run by the university, and was not a participant in the Central States Fund (CSPF)   She became a Teamster around 1980 and continued till the early 1990s, when she was hired as a business agent.

Mauren was hired as a business agent in the early 1990s by the leaders of Local 320. The officers of Local 320 were removed for corruption by the Independent Review Board (IRB) in the mid-1990s, and the local was placed into trusteeship. Mauren was not implicated in the corrupt schemes, and retained her position as a BA.

No working members of Local 320 participate in the CSPF. They are all public employees. Thus Mauren did not negotiate or administer any contracts covering CSPF participants.

Later, Mauren was elected and re-elected as the secretary treasurer of Minnesota Local 320.  As a BA and full time officer of the union, she became a participant in the CSPF, by virtue of her office, until she retired in 2012.

PENSION BENEFITS

Mauren had other pension and lump-sum retirement plans as well:

  • She retained rights to her pension credits earned at the University of Minnesota.
  • As an officer of Local 320, she benefited from the Joint Council 32 plan, which is only for officers and agents; it paid a sizable lump sum upon her retirement.
  • As an officer of Local 320, she enjoyed a matching 401k plan, with contributions from her and matching sums from the Local 320 treasury.
  • As a BA and later the secretary treasurer of Local 320, she earned about 20 credited years in the Central States Fund.

SALARIES

Mauren received three union salaries: from the local, from the joint council, and an extra $40,000 per year from the International union. She was very close to the Hoffa leadership. Her brother-in-law, Jeff Farmer, was appointed Organizing Director of the IBT by Hoffa.

Thus sister Mauren is a participant in the CSPF, but unlike most participants, she has enjoyed additional pensions and lump-sums. 

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