Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
I sincerely hope you were handed this Blue Light by your Job Steward instead of picking it up at your home address. By the time you read this report, I expect nearly everyone on the Out-of-Work Wheel to be gone to a job or at least packing up to get on the road.
All indicators are that work should be in full swing soon. Here in Dispatch we are already having trouble filling jobs off the Job Line. As of April 14, we have begun calling off the top of the wheel for Welders, Journeymen and Helpers. Please consider taking a job off the Job Line, even if you are hired out for a job that has not yet started. Please man the work as soon as possible. Do not get caught in the trap of waiting on a job and missing out on good pay and benefits that you could already be accumulating for the year.
I would like to review a basic Dispatch policy that is important to all our members. If you leave a job for ANY reason, call and put your name back on the wheel. If you are attempting to save your spot on the wheel, it must be done in less than five business days after separation from the job. Make the call to get back on the wheel, then the Dispatch Office will work on it and determine what we can do for you. But, it is the member’s responsibility to place his/her name on the wheel.
Four semi-synthetic opioids have been added to the DOT drug test. If you test positive for any of these, the MRO is going to ask to see a copy of your prescription and speak with the prescribing doctor within five business days. Your doctor and the MRO must come to some agreement to determine if you are safe to work. The MRO is the person you should be in conversation with concerning this issue, (not the safety person representing the contractor). I encourage you to speak to your doctor about this before you travel to a job if possible. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call the Dispatch Office.
I pray everyone has a safe and prosperous year.
As of the date of this writing, the wheel has 1,143 Welders, 154 Journeymen, and 1,508 Helpers.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up. We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.