The work of Steelworkers Organizing Committee begin in 1942 with a set of founding principles - values that still guide us today:
- To unite in one organization, regardless of creed, color or nationality, all workmen and working women eligible for membership.
- To increase the wages, and improve the conditions of employment of our members by legislation, joint agreements or other legitimate means.
- To endeavor to obtain by joint negotiation or legislative enactment a six-hour day and five-day week.
- To strive for a minimum wage scale for all members of our organization.
- To provide for the education of our children by lawfully prohibiting their employment until they have reached eighteen years of age
- To secure equitable statutory old-age pension, workman’s compensation and unemployment insurance laws.
- To enforce existing just laws and to secure the repeal of those which are unjust.
- To secure by legislative enactment, laws protecting the limbs, lives and health of our members; (laws) establishing our right to organize; (laws) preventing the employment of privately armed guards during labor disputes and such other legislation as will be beneficial.