Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
As PIBF Co-Chairman, I am proud to announce an accrual increase for the Welders, Journeymen, and Helpers. The Journeymen rate increased from $205 to $220, and the Helpers increased from $136 to $146 per credit. Additionally, retired members will enjoy a five percent increase in their monthly amount. After the pension raises were calculated, the fund is still at 110.8 percent!
To those of you that are looking forward to retirement, this accrual raise on 40 credit years means an additional $600 for Journeymen and $400 for Helpers per month. To put it in perspective, 13 years ago, the accruals were at $75 and $50 per credit.
By the time this report reaches you, summer will be a thing of the past, but the work outlook still looks promising going into 2020. We have been truly blessed for over a decade. Just like you, I am disappointed that our man-hours have not met our expectations this year. At the end of September, we have worked nearly 5.6 million man-hours with three more months until the year ends. Our union contractors are actively bidding several large diameter projects in Texas and Louisiana, and if successful, they could start in the last quarter of 2019. I wish every year could be record-setting, but that’s just not reality. We need to continue our advocacy on the Action Network. Please, when you see an action, take a few seconds to fill it out and send it back. The relationships with the clients are working to our advantage, and the action you support could be your next project.
Our state-of-the-art Training Center and its knowledgeable staff can broaden your skill sets to afford you opportunities to work building trades until the work picks up. The UA has many jobs that they struggle to man with skilled craftsmen. Typically, our sister locals are looking for Tig Welders first and foremost, but Low Hydrogen Stick Rod Welders are needed as well. This training is open for Welders, Journeymen, and Helpers. I understand we all would rather pipeline. But when the work is slow, we need to be able to provide for our families, and the building trades are a great way to do so.
As of late, some of the members, out of desperation, have turned back to working nonunion. Every 798 member takes an oath of obligation and makes a pledge to uphold that oath. If you can’t be that person or honor your promise, then resign. PERIOD. We can respect that. What we can’t respect is you hiding and sneaking around working nonunion. That, my friends, is the true definition of a rat; it is not the pipeliner that never took the oath. Neither 798 nor the nonunion have respect for those that try to cheat and work both sides. Be bold, stand for something.
I want to remind everyone that your election ballot has mailed. Please do your part as a member and vote for your choice of candidates.
I want to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving, and an early Merry Christmas!
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, The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds you well. At the time of this writing, the National Pipeline Agreement is finalized. I won’t go into great detail here, but by the time this report reaches you, the contract will be posted on our website and mailed to every member.
First, I would like to mention how the new NPLA will affect calculating hours in regard to waiting time. If benefits are not paid on those hours, they will not be counted toward your 300 hours. Please be aware, you could arrive at 299.5 hours and retain your spot on the Out-of-Work List. Remember, you are guaranteed 300 hours of National Agreement work per Out-of-Work Date.
MDLIVE - Virtual Medical Visit Option The MDLIVE program launched May 1, 2020. Hopefully, you have all registered and set up a profile for you and your dependents to use should you need the service. It is a great idea to do this in advance of your first virtual visit.