SOAR was established in 1985 to organically link the USW’s active members with those in
retirement so that both can work on common problems.
SOAR has proved to be a true partner of our active membership in the pursuit of economic
In recognition of this partnership the delegates to the 30th International Convention voted
unanimously to add an amendment to the USW Constitution recognizing SOAR as an affiliate
organization of the USW. The amendment also encourages the formation of SOAR chapters,
establishes direct communication between the local union and the chapter and gives SOAR
chapter leaders input into negotiations on retiree issues.
Until SOAR came along, there was no strong advocate to focus attention on the special
problems and needs faced by USW pensioners and their spouses.
SOAR made these problems very visible and helped fashion USW policy to deal with them.
Our relationship with the United Steelworkers is based on shared values
The major purpose of SOAR is to deal with the Social, Economic, Educational, Legislative
and Political developments and concerns of its members and spouses. We fight for the
preservation of Social Security, Medicare, for better health care protection, as well as for
federal laws to better serve the elderly.
Our structure gives USW retirees a special place in their union.
Click HERE to read the resolution our union passed at the 2017 Int'l Convention which reaffirms our commitment to building a strong and active Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR).