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United Steelworkers (USW) &

Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 80

The United Steelworkers (USW) is the largest private sector union in North America with more than 225,000 members in Canada and more than 800,000 members continent-wide. The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing workers in every sector of the economy. 


For USW-related inquiries, you may contact Sylvia Boyce

The Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) is a voice for USW retirees and their families and keeps retirees connected with the union.

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 proven to be a true partner of our active membership in the pursuit of economic security.

 For SOAR-related inquiries, you may contact Gord Assman.

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) was established in 1989 by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) The first clinic opened in 1989 in Hamilton, with subsequent clinics opened in Toronto, Windsor, Sudbury, Sarnia, Thunder Bay, and Ottawa.

Staffed by an inter-disciplinary team of nurses, hygienists, ergonomists, researchers, client service coordinators and contracted physicians, each OHCOW clinic provides comprehensive occupational health services and information.

OHCOW's clients include workers, joint health and safety committees or representatives, unions, employers, health professionals, community groups, legal clinics, students and members of the public.

For more information please visit the OHCOW website or call us at:


Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA)

The Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA) is an independent agency of the Ontario Ministry of Labour that provides free and confidential services (advice, education, and representation) in workplace insurance matters (formerly called workers’ compensation). The OWA is not part of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

The OWA represents workers with negative decisions from the WSIB.

If you would like more information about how you can get assistance from the OWA, please see Getting Help from the OWA on the OWA website.

If you would like more information about your local OWA office, please see the Contact Us section of the website.


If the OWA is already assisting you with your claim, please contact their Waterloo office at 519-888-9063.

Rubbertown Workers Alliance Group

The Rubber Town Workers Alliance Group was formed to provide support and assistance to retired rubber workers and their families.  The group assists and coordinates in the investigation of exposures of rubber workers to carcinogens and other toxins in the rubber manufacturing industry in Kitchener, Waterloo and the surrounding area.

For more information you may contact Gord Assman or Ray Hart.

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