1. Are you a retired Steelworker? Stay active with the union through the Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR).

SOAR is open to all United Steelworkers retirees, their spouses, widows or widowers. 

• You'll stay connected, maintaining friendships and making new ones.
• You'll know where you or your local chapter can turn to for assistance.
• Your voice, along with thousands of others, will have an impact on decisions affecting retirees.
• Your concerns will be heard at our union's district, national and international conferences.
• You'll have access to group insurance for retirees, including home, auto and travel insurance. 

SOAR meets monthly on the last Tuesday of the month at 25 Cecil Street. Contact Elaine at 416.977.7274 to get involved.

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Monthly Update: October 31st, 2017

Minutes of the SOAR Chapter 1  Meeting

Date: October 31st, 2017

Time: 11:00am

Location: Steelworker hall  25 Cecil St

Agenda:                         - Role Call of Officers

                                 - Previous Minutes

                                        - Financial report

                                        - Correspondence

                                        - Guest Speaker

                                        - New Business

                                        - Next meeting Date  

Role Call Of Officers: 

.        President – Present

·        Vice President – Absent with explanation

·        Recording Secretary – Absent due to illness

·        Treasurer – Present

 Minutes of the previous Meeting:

Minutes of the previous meeting were not available due to the absence of the recording Secretary.

Financial Report:

 he financial report was read by treasurer Linda Urquhart balance as of the 30th of September was $12,916.50 some cheques are to be issued and the balance will reflect that at the next meeting there was a motion to accept the report as given and was seconded and carried.


It was brought to the groups attention of the upcoming OFL convention on November 20th 2017 at the Sheriton centre.

Guest Speaker

Michael Lewis informed the group that this month’s guest speaker had canceled but asked John Humphrey to speak to the group about his presentation on Childcare.

John spoke about the brevity of time allowed to speak on such an important subject and that those individuals speaking seemed to be using this opportunity set aside for the childcare issue to forward their agenda on an array of subjects, all good and important topics but not slated to be heard at this hearing.

New Business:

Brando spoke on the trip to Ottawa on Monday November 6th a trip to address the attack on pensions happening ( Sears, U.S. Steel) the bus will leave 25 Cecil st at 8:00am Monday and return around 10:30 P.M.

Mike Danbrook took the opportunity with the executives permission to speak on Bill C-27 which is a bill that is designed to attack “ defined benefit” pension in the federal level but as we know if it becomes law at the federal level wont be long before the private sector wants to adopt it.  

Bill C-27 would permit federally-regulated employers (like airlines, telecoms, banks, and Crown Corporations) to establish a “Target Benefit” pension plan.

These pension plans are essentially the opposite of secure, “Defined Benefit” pension plans.

Defined Benefit: The pension promises an employer makes to a worker become legally-binding obligations of the employer. Since already-earned benefits cannot be reduced, an employer may have to put extra funds into the plan after a market downturn to fully fund the promised benefits. Target Benefit: There is no legally-binding benefit promise made to workers. Instead the plan sets a “target” of what it hopes to deliver with a pre-determined level of contributions. But if there is pressure on the plan during a market downturn, workers’ and retirees’ benefits (either for future or past service) will be cut, rather than the employer having to put more funds into the plan.

In short, workers and retirees bear all of the risks in a “Target Benefit” plan. That’s why Unions not believe these plans are an appropriate replacement for “Defined Benefit” plans.

Most importantly, however, C-27 would permit a federally-regulated employer to convert their “Defined Benefit” promises into non-binding “Target Benefit” aspirations even on a retroactive basis.

If this bill passes, workers would suddenly have to defend the pension promises their employers have already made to them, for work they have already done. Workers and retirees held up their end of the bargain, but C-27 would allow employers to retroactively walk away from theirs.

C-27 is offensive legislation that tilts the playing field against everyday working people. Justin Trudeau agreed with this before he was elected, but broke his promise by introducing this bill.

A notice was read out notifying Soar members of the SOAR Luncheon on the December 5th, 2017. Linda briefly went over the menu.

Brando made the announcement that Soar will be accepting donations for the food Bank at the December 5th Christmas Luncheon and encouraged everyone to contribute as well as the 50/50 draw that will take place at the luncheon tickets available now!!.

Peel Soar Chapter invited the Soar members to the annual Christmas Luncheon at the Steelworker hall at 1158 Aerowood dr. in Mississauga on December 7th 2017.

The 50/50 Draw took place and was won by Dan who asked that the money be returned to the chapter treasury….was accepted with thanks.

Mike Danbrook made a brief announcement encouraging people to go online to the Area council website where the Soar Chapter 1 had a section for updates. The address is Uswtac.org

There was a motion to adjourn which was seconded and carried.

Adjournment: 11:55pm



Soar Chapter 1 monthly meeting and events for 2017/2018

Tuesday November 28 , 2017               11:00am Monthly Meeting

Tuesday December 5th, 2017              11:30am Christmas Luncheon

Tuesday January 30th , 2018                 11:00am Monthly Meeting

Tuesday February 27th, 2018               11:00am Monthly Meeting

Tuesday March 27th, 2018                    11:00am Monthly Meeting

Tuesday April 24th, 2018                      11:30am Spring Luncheon

Tuesday May 29th , 2018                  11:00am Monthly Meeting

Tuesday June 26th, 2018                       11:00am Monthly Meeting