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.
It’s the end of January as I write this report and most of the nation is experiencing historic sub-zero temperatures with negative wind chill factors. It’s tough to pipeline in conditions like that. Hopefully, by the time you read this, our 2019 work season, which is projected to be prosperous and plentiful, will be moving in the right direction towards kick-off.
In my area, I currently have status details for three major projects. Price Gregory has been awarded 44 miles of 20”, 10” and 6”, including fabrication in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for Semco Gas to go in June. Sources also indicate that 29.4 miles of the Saginaw Trail-Phase 3 for Consumers Energy near Mt. Morris, MI, is scheduled to proceed this spring. My conversations with the project land coordinator for TransCanada’s Ohio Buckeye Express project confirm a construction start of Spring 2020.
Despite winter work being slow, January was still productive. I met with the representatives of HDE Pipe Transfer and Mechanical at their main office in Indiana. We had a good visit and a solid discussion highlighting the benefits of using Pipeliners Local Union 798 skilled labor. Perhaps we can look forward to a future partnership. We also had an impressive crowd in Tulsa with a record number in attendance for our January meeting. You are the Union, and the lifeblood of any union is its members, and it requires participation. The best way to stay informed is to take part in membership meetings; especially Steward School. Make your reservations for the week-long event to brush up on the contract and ROW etiquette as well as learn about steward report changes and how to maximize your benefits. Remember though; it’s not all work and no play. We’ll enjoy the golf tournament, the Lincoln BBQ, the Ladies of 798 basket auction, and the Miller crawfish boil. Steward School is also a good time to visit with your Officers and Business Agents. Be sure to welcome newly appointed Business Agent Justin Head. Congratulations, Justin. Together in camaraderie, we can kick-off the work season in Tulsa.
Until then, watch the job line and continue to advocate using the Action Network webpage. As always, if I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me via phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Indianapolis, IN. Install meter skid and valve setting in station for Energy Transfer. Superintendent: Jim Shepler. Welder Foreman: Layne Richard. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
- Marshall, MI. 6” meter station tie-in and 42” hot tap for Vector Pipeline. Superintendent: Daniel Bendickson. Welder Foreman: Joe Foris. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
- Portland, IN. 2”-8” existing line upgrade with booster pumps for Marathon Petroleum. Superintendent: Christopher Randolph. Welder Foreman: William Wells. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 3-29-19.
- Lima, OH. 2”-12” existing line upgrade with booster pumps for Marathon Petroleum. Superintendent: Matt Hill. Welder Foreman: Todd Caseman. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 4-5-19.
- Various IN counties. 8” anomaly digs for Buckeye. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Lucas Hahn. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3-25-19.
- Lima, OH. 8,000’ of 8” steel pipe replacement for Dominion Energy Ohio. Superintendent: Larry Szymchack. Welder Foreman: Steven Shelton. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3-29-19.
- Plainfield, IN. 3 miles of 8” steel pipe for Vectren. Superintendent: John Karlson. Welder Foreman: Tim Talley. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 4-15-19.
- Belleville, MI. Remove filter connections and reinstall for Nexus Gas. Superintendent: Spencer Fern. Welder Foreman: Mike Green. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
- Clyde, OH. Remove two filters in two different locations and reinstall for Nexus Gas. Superintendent: Spencer Fern. Welder Foreman: Joel Mills. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2-25-19.
- Veedersburgh, IN. Relocate 400’ of 4” piping for Vectren. Superintendent: Chris Jones. Welder Foreman: Michael Johnson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 1-31-19.
- Sugar Grove, OH. 30” integrity dig for TransCanada. Superintendent: Joe Bailer. Welder Foreman: Sam Chapman. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
MORE 798 STORIES
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.