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Blue Light Report - September / October 2019

I want to thank everyone for their calls and letters of condolences concerning my father, Doyle Hendrix, on his passing. I was truly blessed to have him for 82 years and to have him as a mentor my whole life. His face and voice will be with me for as long as I live. I am grateful for that and grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from the membership.

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Blue Light Report - March / April 2019

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.”

Fraternally,

Daniel C. Hendrix

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  • Blue Light Report - September / October 2019
    I want to thank everyone for their calls and letters of condolences concerning my father, Doyle Hendrix, on his passing. I was truly blessed to have him for 82 years and to have him as a mentor my whole life. His face and voice will be with me for as long as I live. I am grateful for that and grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from the membership.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - September / October 2019
    I want to start by thanking every member that is doing their part to make the Action Network a success. We’ve had several opportunities lately to take action with the Cheyenne Connector Project, the Northeast Supply Enhancement, Jordan Cove Project, the Line 5 Project, and the Line 3 Project.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - September / October 2019
    The current number of members on the out-of-work list is as follows: Welders – 1,287; Journeyman – 207; and Helpers – 1,655. The out-of-work numbers do not reflect the members who are working building trades and still on the out-of-work list.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - September / October 2019
    401(k) Plan  We frequently are asked about taking a loan against a member’s 401(k) balance.  The Pipeline Industry 401(k) Plan does not allow participant loans.  401(k) loan repayment must be set up as a deduction from payroll.  Due to the nature of the construction industry, working for different contractors for various time frames doesn’t allow for consistent repayment of the loan, which would cause the loan to be in default.