In response to COVID-19, the Fund Office is closed, with limited staff performing essential functions remotely. The Fund Office has activated its business continuity plan to continue to provide service to our participants and participating employers during this situation. Please see the Fund-specific information below.

Pension Fund – Pension payments will continue to be made as scheduled. Current payees may experience delays when updating an address or direct deposit information. Applications for benefits will continue to be processed but there may be some processing delays. 

USW 401(k) – Contributions are continuing to be processed daily.

USW HRA Fund – Claims are continuing to be reviewed. If the review cannot be completed in 30 days, the Fund will notify participants of the need to extend an additional 15 days.

USW Industry 401(k)


The USW Industry 401(k) gives participants the tools to retire right. The 401(K) is an excellent retirement option to supplement pension plan benefits.

The USW Industry 401(k) Plan is sponsored by the USW International Union and by contributing employers and is available to members of USW local unions and other employee groups through negotiation with employers.

Participants may make voluntary contributions and direct how their money is invested. The 401(k) recordkeeping and investments are provided by MassMutual retirement services, where each participant may use an assortment of planning calculators and may access educational guides.

Highlights of the plan include the following:

  • Employer contributions may be negotiated on behalf of all covered employees
  • Elective Deferrals (before tax employee contributions) are made through payroll deduction
  • Employer Matching contribution may be negotiated
  • 100% vesting
  • An array of professionally managed investment options
  • Employees decide where they want to invest - not company
  • Hardship distributions and loans
  • Rollovers accepted from other plans
  • Quarterly statements
  • Web access to your account -
  • Phone access to your account at 1-800-743-5274

If your employer is not participating in the USW Industry 401(k) Plan, talk with your USW representative to learn more about negotiating the plan into your contract.

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