The amount of work we are dealing with is joyfully amazing. We have 427 Helpers on the wheel. People at the top have only been there since March 21, 2018. We continue to call Helper members off the top, along with Journeymen and Welders.
The Journeymen list is at 23 with the number one position being placed there April 18 of this year. Welders are staying busy and looking for work. Unfortunately, many are trying to pick their job, but as time runs out, they are coming to the top of the wheel. They then take whatever job is available to avoid being removed. The Welders at the top got on the wheel in November of 2017.
What does this tell us? We have gone around the wheel twice on Journeymen this year and once around on Helpers. We have roughly 150 Welders to go until all the Welders left on the wheel got on in 2018.
Dispatch is utilizing the wheel to man the work. However, we are still running out of time and are forced to work travelers who are willing, and to sell books when no other options exist.
Please do what you can to man the work. We appreciate everyone out there who is doing just that. I know many members have managed their finances and do not have to work at this moment. However, we are all constrained to 12 months, January through December, to achieve 1,200 hours for that pension credit. Let’s be honest with ourselves; a big reason we carry a union book is for the pension and health care.
We all know the old saying: you need to make hay while the sun is shining. The sun is shining brilliantly on our industry. Many came before us and laid the foundation for a great harvest. So, let me encourage you to get into the field and gather those valuable hours before it’s too late.
Other than that, when you take a job from Dispatch, keep your word and go. If you call back inside of 24 hours, there will be no charges filed against you. However, you will be placed at the bottom of the list. If you go past the 24 hours and do not travel to the job in a timely manner, charges will be filed, and it will be up to the Executive Board to determine fines. You must be en route to the job before any NO GO excuse will be considered. Always remember to call and put you name back on the wheel when terminated for any reason. You do have five business days to do this if you have worked under the 300, 450 and 600-hour rules to regain your position. Also, remember the wheel is turning over quickly. When you call back in to regain your position, it’s possible we might call you the next day off the top. You may want to wait until the fifth day to call in if you need some time.
All of us here at the Dispatch Office want to wish everyone a safe and prosperous year. Above all, be safe.
We thank you for the opportunity to serve the membership.
As of the date of this writing, the wheel has: 525 Welders, 23 Journeymen, 427 Helpers
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I struggle with my words today to communicate the value of your work and advocacy going forward. We have been blessed abundantly for the last ten years, and the work outlook remains robust, but there are demons at our door.
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.
If you have a job, hang onto it! It appears we have reached the point where most of our large projects are nearly fully manned. I believe we will have work through the fall of this year. However, it will not be at the rate we have experienced this summer.
We are well into the work season and as you are aware, it is great. We have jobs going in almost all parts of the country and still have jobs waiting to start. The work in KY is picking up as well.