·  by USW Local Union 12698

District 10 Local Union Takes Steps to Reignite SOAR Chapter

On March 10, USW Local 12698 held a “reorganizing” meeting for SOAR Chapter 10-7. Over 30 retired members, from Congoleum and Honeywell Corporations, attended the event held in Trainer, Pennsylvania.

Their agenda: To get the chapter up and running again.

District 10 SOAR Executive Board Member, Dave McLimans, gave an outstanding introduction about the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees and outlined how to run an effective chapter.

In addition, Dave conveyed a message from District 10 Director Robert “Bobby Mac” McAuliffe, stating that he is a strong supporter of SOAR and encourages all local unions to establish chapters so that members can stay active and involved with the Union upon retirement. 

District 10 USW Rapid Response Coordinator, George Piasecki, encouraged the local and retirees to work hand-in-hand as they continue “to fight the good fight.” George also highlighted the influential relationship between SOAR and Rapid Response. He explained why they’re teaming up for a postcard action in an effort to protect, strengthen, and expand Retirement Security. Everyone in attendance signed the postcards. 

Local 12698 President, Ed Long, spoke on the importance of utilizing the experience and knowledge that retirees have to help better the Union. He stated that, “We need to continue working together, in solidarity.”

The Local gave special thanks to the chef, Tyrone Friend, for preparing a special dinner for the retirees. Also, a thank you to the officers of the Local Union Executive Board, Next Generation Committee and Women of Steel; who volunteered to serve the meal. 

The next step is to elect the SOAR chapter officers. 

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Local 12698 to report on the success of their “reorganizing” meeting.  On behalf of SOAR, we especially want to thank the local for their leadership and determination to get the chapter back up and running again.

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