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.
With the work season in full swing, 798 definitely has boots on the ground. From the Nexus project to the Saginaw Trail, members are putting in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay all the while maintaining safe working conditions and being productive. This is union labor.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to the Stewards. Being a union Steward is a serious commitment and requires great devotion on behalf of 798. If you have never worked as a Steward, it is hard to imagine the magnitude of responsibility. Some days they really have their hands full. It would be easier for these members to go out and just weld. Instead, they have been entrusted with upholding our contract and representing the hands which are just a few of their daily duties. Thank you to each and every Steward in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio for your leadership, management skills, and work ethic. I appreciate you. Every member should always follow the chain of command should you need assistance on the job. Approach the Welder Foreman first, then go to your Steward. Give them an opportunity to handle the situation.
Thank you also to those who have helped with our non-union efforts. Because of your information and observations, we have made positive steps toward organizing: locating yards, ROWs, and obtaining contact information. I have had encouraging interactions with non-union personnel and have met with several non-union contractors. This process takes time, but we are confident these contractors will see the value of skilled union craftsmen.
Currently, I am on my way out for another round of job visits. Lately, the popular topic during these visits has been getting people books. Please remember, the people that you suggest for membership are our future. When submitting names, consider whether they would make a reliable hand and be a positive addition to 798.
Stay safe and always be aware of your surroundings while making those hours. See you out there on the ROW. If I can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.
-Wauseon, OH. 26” anomaly digs in Henry and Fulton County, Ohio for Energy Transfer. Superintendent: Jim Shepler. Welder Foreman: Paul Hofreiter. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Henkels & McCoy:
-Saginaw, MI. 12” valve change out and reinstall new 12” valve for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Dale Elliott. Welder Foreman: Chris Mahaffey. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-6-18.
-Evansville, IN. Rebuild regulator station, Levee Station, for Vectren. Superintendent: Tim Dunn. Welder Foreman: Charlie Martin. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8-1-18.
-Bloomingdale, OH. 7,208’ of 12” new lay in Jefferson County, OH for Mark West. Superintendent: Joey Wade. Welder Foreman: J.C. Thornburg. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-15-18.
-Gibsonburg, OH. Install piping, mechanical, and electrical scopes for meter station from Nexus to Columbia Gas in Sandusky County, OH for Nexus Gas. Superintendent: Nick Margelofsky. Welder Foreman: Richard Sowell. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9-15-18.
-Paulding, OH. Installation of 20” launcher/receiver and replacement of mainline valves in Paulding, Putman, and Allen Counties, OH for TransCanada-CPG. Superintendent: Fred Leasure. Welder Foreman: Cody Dye. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8-1-18.
-Various counties in Michigan. Blanket, integrity, and maintenance emergency call-out for DTE. Superintendent: Jack Cooley. Welder Foreman: Dan Pawloski. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 12-31-18.
-Clio, MI. Fabricate and install crossover facilities at existing valve sites for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Randy Recker. Welder Foreman: Kory Zufelt. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9-1-18.
-Comstock, MI. Install 1 mile of 12” pipeline, 1-12” launcher, 1-12” receiver for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Jack Hill. Welder Foreman: Derreck Dove. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8-1-18.
-Muskegon, MI. Fabricate and install 1-16” launcher and related piping for DTE Energy. Superintendent: Kevin Scully. Welder Foreman: Kevin Blaisdell. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-20-18.
-Romelus, MI. Hydro-testing 5 miles of 22” and 7 miles of 16” in Wayne County, MI for PanHandle Eastern. Superintendent: Jack Hill. Welder Foreman: Derreck Dove. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
-Niles, MI. 1,433’ HDD-22” directional drill, 1,451’ HDD-24” directional drill for TransCanada. Superintendent: Mark Decker. Welder Foreman: Jason Carlson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-24-18.
-Cadiz, OH. 6,022.6’ of 20” new lay in Jefferson County, OH for Mark West. Superintendent: Terry Rogers. Welder Foreman: Eric Raymond. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-1-18.
-Hubbard, OH. 12” compressor station in Fairfield County, OH and 12” shop fabrication in Trumbull County, OH for TransCanada. Superintendent: Robbie White. Welder Foreman: Shane Loudan. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 10-1-18.
-Saginaw, MI. Take-up and relay 1,981’ of 12” for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Jeff Sanderson. Welder Foreman: William (Bo) Berry. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
-Mt. Morris, MI. Install 18.8 miles of 24” in Saginaw County, OH for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Jeff Sanderson. Welder Foreman: William (Bo) Berry. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9-1-18.
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.