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.
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, 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.