Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
We recently finished the 3% allocation that you will receive on June 3, 2019, under the National Pipeline Agreement. All classifications have allocated 30 cents towards healthcare and the remainder of the raise will be put on your 401(k) benefit contribution. Currently, welders and journeymen on high scale work receive $6.89 per hour and helpers receive $3.48 per hour. With the additional monies, welders and journeymen will receive $9.30 per hour on 401(k) and helpers will receive $4.68 per hour on 401(k).
The work outlook is still very robust, but our enemies are many. Four of our larger projects that should be built this year have enormous opposition. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline both started work in 2018 but have more permit problems because of federal agencies being bombarded by lawsuits from anti-pipeline groups. Keystone XL and Enbridge Line 3 will face similar challenges as well. We finished 2018 with a little over 11.9 million man-hours just shy of the 1968 record of 12 million. We must all continue to utilize the 798 Action Network to advocate for our livelihoods. I’m proud of what we collectively have been able to accomplish with our voices, but we can do better. We must do better; our enemies are becoming stronger and better financed. Members tell me all the time that they want to help or serve our Local; there is no better way than to advocate through the Action Network! Remember, you can write your destiny, or you can let someone else dictate your direction and place in life! I choose to fight!
Steward School 2019 is just around the corner. If you plan to work as a job steward, welder foreman or pipeman, it is imperative that you attend. Company representatives, spreadmen, and office managers from our contractors are also encouraged to attend. Everyone, regardless of classification or job titles, will benefit from the information that will be highlighted. Also, this year we will have a special 70th Anniversary gift for all attendees and a $5,000 door prize drawing if you are in attendance for all three days and attend the Regular Membership Meeting! This is the largest gathering of pipeline constructors in the world. The only way that I can describe this event is to say it is a pipeline family reunion held during the state fair! Good times, good friends, good conversation and a touch of education thrown in. Monday, April 8th, is the Charity Golf Tournament. Tuesday the 9th is the Lincoln BBQ held at the 798 Training Center. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until noon, we will be covering our National Pipeline Agreement along with many other issues that affect pipeliners in our industry. Wednesday afternoon, the Ladies of 798 will host their annual charity basket auction, you don’t want to miss this special event! Thursday evening, we will honor our 50-plus year members with an evening of dinner and entertainment. Friday at noon, Miller will be hosting our annual Crawfish & Shrimp Boil, also down at the 798 Training Center for all to enjoy.
I look forward to seeing you there and bring a guest along as well. As always, I am proud to say, “I work for you, the greatest pipeliners in the world.”
Daniel C. Hendrix
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds our Local 798 family safe and healthy. By now, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every county and parish in the United States. I don’t know that anyone could have forecasted that this virus would sweep through our country with such intensity.
There is no way to describe the times in which we are living. We are walking through a situation that no one has dealt with before us. However, we do have work starting. Gas companies and contractors are proceeding with extreme caution.
Virtual Medical Visit option available May 1st PIBF will be launching the MDLIVE program on May 1, 2020. This is a virtual medical visit program offered by BlueCross BlueShield for active and COBRA participants and for participants where PIBF is the primary coverage.