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.
“The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning and prefers to walk down familiar paths. Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence.” - John C. Maxwell
It is the dead of winter no doubt. The arctic blast that the entire nation has experienced is discouraging everyone from making a move forward in the area of construction. We get a few out each week to Building Trade jobs, mostly to jobs that were already going. The list of jobs the UA provides for me has been very slim since January 1st. Leading up to Christmas, we had at least a dozen different jobs to look at every day. Regardless, we find jobs here and there in Sister Locals looking for welders, predominately Heliarc welders who have an OSHA 10 card no more than three years old. Now is the time of year to learn some new skills. Get your OSHA 10 updated or most importantly, come to the Training Center and learn how to be proficient with Heliarc welding and improve your Low Hydrogen skills. Good jobs seldom have easy tests. That is why we encourage you to come to the Training Center to get your UA Certifications. These certifications are not a give-me. We do not want to send you across the country unprepared. Here in dispatch, we will call anywhere that you think you have a lead on work. We are happy to follow up with a bio if it looks like it will get our member’s a job.
Also, there is nuclear work out there, which is most always overtime. Of course, these jobs come with a strong background check. But once you get that completed, it is good for a year, and every time you step foot back into a nuclear facility, it stretches it out another year. Having that clearance puts you way ahead of a lot of people when trying to hire out.
That's what it looks like on the first day of February. However, when you get this March/April Blue Light, spring should be just around the corner and weather improving. I expect to see the Building Trades pick up, along with the fact that we should be getting good indicators on where and when the work will begin breaking.
For now, we can prepare for the future by learning and expanding our skill sets. Learn something new. Get better at things you already know. Get the things in your toolbox now so that when the year winds down, you are prepared to make the transition onto Building Trade work.
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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.
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