How to join SPP
Here are the steps to take if you’re a USW member and interested in securing your financial future with SPP.
- Talk about SPP and its benefits with your co-workers and unit leaders at your regular meetings. Sharing our SPP booklet can help generate discussion and interest in joining the Plan.
- If you need more information about the Plan, work with your unit leaders and Staff Representative to contact SPP for more information or to set up a meeting.
- Make sure SPP is included in your local bargaining surveys when your local decides what to include in your contract negotiations.
- Tell your USW Staff Representative that you want to talk about joining SPP and would like more information and details about the Plan.
- Ask your Staff Representative about setting up a meeting with Plan Trustees to further discuss the details of SPP and how your local could be a part of it.
- Talk about SPP and its benefits to your fellow union members. Generate discussion and interest in joining the Steelworkers Pension Plan.
- Propose SPP in preparation for bargaining, i.e. bargaining surveys.
- Tell your USW Staff Representative that you would like to discuss joining SPP and would like more information and details about the Plan.
- As you prepare for bargaining, discuss with your Staff Representative the possibility of setting up a meeting with Plan Trustees to further discuss the details of SPP and how your local could be a part of it.
- If you are in bargaining and require immediate assistance regarding pension alternatives or options (such as the closing of a DB Plan or the introduction of a new Pension plan), contact SPP through your Staff Rep.
- Propose and negotiate SPP with your employer into your Collective Agreement.
- Make sure your employer signs a Participation Agreement with SPP.