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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 2 - September / October 2018

Work is in full swing, and it is an amazing time to be a Local 798 Pipeliner!  Looking at man-hours, we are pretty much even with where we were by this time last year.  If you are working on one of our larger projects, you’ve probably noticed a Local 798 Action Network banner hanging in your warehouse location. 

We’ve sent out several of these, and we will be sending more in the future.  We think these are going to help boost support and participation, which in turn helps us all.  Jimmy Riddle came up with the idea, and we appreciate him suggesting a way to reach a greater audience. We are always open to suggestions, and it seems the best ideas usually come from the job sites.  I also want to recognize and thank many of our Welder Foremen and Job Stewards for leading the way on advocacy.  I know several of these guys incorporate the importance of advocacy, and instructions on how to use the Action Network into their weekly meetings.  This is what it takes for us to be successful and gain our share of this work.

I want to share a recent Action Network success story with you. Back in May, we got word that a station expansion in Ohio was awarded to non-union contractor Troy Construction. Our Business Manager Danny Hendrix, Business Agents, and the UA Pipeline Department contacted the client and reminded them that it was Local 798 members and the UA that have supported countless projects by signing petitions, attending FERC and town hall meetings, and overall leading the way for the permitting of several of this client’s large projects. The non-union have no organization, and they put zero effort into any type of advocacy. They have cheap labor to offer the clients, and that is all.  After strongly relaying our disappointment in the client’s choice to use Troy Construction for this work, the client backed up and reassessed their decision. This job was then awarded to a union contractor, and our members are currently working on that job. That’s one less project a non-union contractor will get to have their fingerprints on, and one more job for union men and women to work on this year. This was all directly due to our members staying engaged through our Action Network.  It is working, and we must continue to step up our efforts.

The Enbridge Line 3 Replacement project was also recently approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  The U.S. portion of this project will be over 350 miles of 36” in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  We know this project will be a reality, in part, due to over 3,100 Local 798 members and supporters signing the petition through the Action Network.  Let’s keep this momentum going by taking every action that comes along.

Stay safe on the job, and let’s count our blessings that the work has continued to be so abundant.  If there’s anything I can ever help with, please don’t hesitate to call.  As always, I am proud to have the opportunity to serve the membership of Pipeliners Local Union 798.

Fraternally,

Justin Wallace

Financial Secretary-Treasurer

MORE 798 STORIES

  • 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.