SOAR 7-34-2


Chapter 7-34-2 decided to make Christmas a little bit nicer for the troops serving in Africa fighting the Ebola crisis. We collected 16 gift boxes and shipped them to soldiers of 101st Airborne Division with a letter from the chapter wishing them a Merry Christmas. The letter also included thanks for making the world a safer place, for their sacrifice and service. Read more >>>

The annual Granite City SOAR Chapter 7-34-2-scholarship program awards two-- $2,000 scholarships to eligible graduating High School Seniors of our SOAR members. Read more >>>

The Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans was proud to endorse Congressman William Enyart today for his re-election to the 12th Illinois Congressional District. Read more >>>

SOAR again participated in the 2014 Labor Day Solidarity Parade in Granite City.

Thanks to all of our SOAR members who marched or rode on the Parade Trailer.

Local 1899 again won the trophy for the most participation of active and retired members. Read more >>>

The Granite City SOAR Chapter (7-34-2) held our 5th Annual “Jane Becker” Scholarship/Award Banquet on Monday August 11th. The banquet was well attended with over 150 members, friends, allies and elected officials in attendance. Read more >>>

Lynn Williams - One Day Longer Video. Read more >>>


When we stand up and fight back we can and we do make a difference!!

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Wednesday July 9th the monthly breakfast club of the Granite City Chapter of the Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) held our annual John Lunk memorial fish fry.

John Lunk was a retired Millwright Leader from the Hot Strip and John always loved to have a fish fry at his house until his untimely death. So the retirees have continued the tradition of John’s fish fry holding it on the shores of Horseshoe Lake. Read more >>>

The 5th Annual “Jane Becker” SOAR Scholarship application forms are now available at the District 7, Sub District 2 Office at 10 Central Industrial Dr., Suite 4 in Granite City.

The forms will also be available at the regular SOAR meetings or contact SOAR President Jeff Rains 452-1130. Read more >>>

Gov. Pat Quinn joined his Missouri counterpart Governor Jay Nixon with former Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello in attendance with many other politicians at the ribbon-cutting for a new bridge over the Mississippi at St. Louis. Read more >>>

A special gate collection conducted by Granite City Works United Steelworkers Local Unions 50, 68, and 1899 on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 for the family of Antonino Palazzolo was a huge success.

Brother Palazzolo, 32, was fatally injured December 15, 2013 while working at USS Great Lakes Works Read more >>>

Today we met with Illinois Congressman William Enyart (D-12th District) talking about the Chained CPI (Social Security cuts), extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits and the proposed Fast Track Legislation which would swiftly move a new free trade agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress. Read more >>>

The Granite City SOAR Chapter collected and donated $440.00 towards the gate collections to be held January 22, 2014 at Granite City Works for the family of fatally injured USW member Antonino Palazzolo. Brother Palazzolo, 32 died December 15th, 2013 as a result of a molten metal explosion at USS Great Lakes Works. Read more >>>

St. Louis Labor Tribune article on the SOAR Christmas Party. Read more >>>

On Monday December 9th SOAR held our annual Christmas party.

The party was well attended by over 200 participants with many State and Madison County elected officials in attendance. Judge Ann Callis candidate for Illinois' 13th Congressional District was also in attendance. Read more >>>

Christmas Gift Boxes Sent to our Brave Men and Women serving Overseas….........Dennis

At the November meeting of the Granite City SOAR Chapter 7-34-2 our members brought bags and bags of supplies, snacks and much needed items for our troops currently serving overseas. There were enough items donated to fill 14 boxes that will be sent to Afghanistan hopefully they will arrive in time for Christmas. Each box also contained a personal note from SOAR members.

Photos at the link and on the photo page. Read more >>>

UMWA March
The following is an up date from Mike DeLost a Local 1899 USW member who is also a retiree from the Southern Illinois Coal Fields.

Thanks to Mike for this important update on the fight the UMWA is having with Peabody and Arch coal Companies… By Dennis Barker VP SOAR Read more >>>

Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans 6th Constitutional Convention

by, Dennis Barker, SOAR Vice President 7-34-2 Chapter.....

Jeff Rains (Granite City 7-34-2 SOAR President) and I would like to thank the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) for the powerful and informative session held on September, 4th at the UAW Region 4 training center in Ottawa, Illinois. Read more >>>

The Retired Proud members of SOAR joined with the active members of Local's 1899, 50, 68 and 1063 to march in the Granite City Labor Day Parade today. Read more >>>

Following the death of USW International President George Becker on February 3, 2007 the USW produced this video in his memory. Read more >>>

Retired Steelworkers don't quit being activists. District 7 had a full crew show up from SOAR Chapters in Illinois and Indiana for a two day training session at the University of Illinois July 24th and July 25th. Read more >>>

(Annual John Lunk Memorial Fish Fry) Wednesday July 16th the Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) skips their bi-monthly morning breakfast to attend the John Lunk annual memorial fish fry. John Lunk was a retired Millwright Leader from the Hot Strip and John always loved to have a fish fry at his house until his untimely death. So the retirees have continued the tradition of John’s fish fry following John’s death holding the fish fry at Horseshoe Lake. Photos on the photo page Read more >>>

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