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Blue Light Report - November / December 2019

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!

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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.

The work outlook has been a little disappointing due to what I call the 3-P’s - Permits, Politicians, and paid Protesters. Three major projects, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Enbridge Line 3, and the Keystone XL are still stalled out waiting for permits to proceed. All these projects should have started early in this work season, and all were bid out to union contractors only. What the future holds for these jobs is difficult to predict in the environment that we are currently operating. I do believe this, that the Local 798 Action Network for Advocating is working. The proof can be seen in the three projects I just mentioned. The clients on these monster projects relay to us almost daily that our campaign for pipeline work is priceless, and without it, these projects would not just be stalled; they would be shelved entirely. We do need more participation from the members and their circle of friends and family. When you see an action, please take just a few minutes to enter your information and then share it with your network and ask them to do the same. When called upon for help to attend meetings, write letters or make phone calls, remember it is your duty and responsibility as a union member to be an activist and advocate for pipelines that enhance energy independence. 

I know I sound like a broken record, but this is your future and the future of 798. We must all stand united in our efforts and enter the battlefield prepared to fight to the end, and we will prevail. Every great empire in the history of the world has had one thing in common, an abundant energy supply. First, it was manpower, then horsepower, and now the energy of today is oil and natural gas, produced and transported from within America giving us real energy independence that we have not experienced in over six decades. The American dream and our livelihood are worth fighting for so jump on in and do your part.  

Unfortunately, it has taken a downturn in our man-hours for some to rethink their obligation to work collectively and take the few minutes to advocate for our livelihood. Contrary to the opinions of some, the work is about the same as it was in the years 2015 and 2016. Our contractors have been able to secure a few jobs in the state of Texas under the Market Recovery. Hopefully, this fall we will see an uptick in the work down south. There is also an abundance of building trades work across the nation available to our members for those wishing to pursue it. I, personally, have gained pension and healthcare credits by working through our sister locals during slow periods in the pipeline industry. I also learned new skill sets by working those jobs that I would have never been able to learn on a pipeline job.  

Last, but not least, nominations for the election of officers is quickly approaching. If you are a member in good standing for two years, you are eligible to be nominated for any office. If you are a member in good standing for one year, you are eligible to vote in the upcoming election. The 798 website has full details governing this issue. 

I look forward to seeing those who can attend the September meeting. 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 - November / December 2019
    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! 
  • Blue Light Report 2 - November / December 2019
    2019 is rapidly coming to a close. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we must be prepared to fight for every mile of pipeline that we get to lay.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - November / December 2019
    I have been looking back over past Blue Light reports from 1974 to 1976, and I have found some very interesting information. I could copy and paste some of the 1974 reports, and you would not be able to tell the difference. The irony is unbelievable.
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - November / December 2019
    I hope this report finds everyone doing well. It was nice visiting with members during the September meeting, where we had nominations for officers for the upcoming election. I would like to congratulate all the candidates and wish each of you good luck in your endeavors. There is no greater honor than serving the members of this great local union.