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.
I am writing this report while in North Carolina; I have been traveling through the Rocky Mount and Stokesdale area. Troy Construction is doing a lot of work in the area, and it is disappointing to me that we have had members working for this non-signatory contractor.
I understand the work is slower than usual, but the Building Trades need Welders in several states where you could be working instead of working rat. If you plan on working non-union, you should do the right thing and mail your book to the 798 Office with a resignation letter. By working for these non-union contractors, you are helping them be more competitive against our fair contractors. We have been very blessed over the past several years. Now that we are having a somewhat slower year, it is not a reason for you to break your oath of obligation by crossing back over to the dark side. The work outlook is extremely good over the next several years, so if you are considering going back to the non-union side, you should think about your future. I may not find all of you, but I will be looking.
The work in my area is still progressing. Price Gregory has picked up two jobs for Piedmont, one is approximately 20 miles of 12-inch and another, in the Fayetteville area, is approximately 30 miles of 12-inch. There is also 20 miles of 24-inch in the Charlotte area that has yet to be awarded, but it looks like it’s going to go to a union contractor. There are several maintenance and smaller jobs yet to go as well. We are also picking up several jobs in Kentucky. It’s looking like it will be a good year even though the bigger projects may not go until 2020.
Just keep in mind, 798 has been good to all of us, so stay strong and most of all, stay Union!
- Conway, SC. 28,250’ of 12”. Welder Foreman: Jerimiah Bennett. Superintendent: Samuel Wilson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-19.
- Mooresville, NC. Maintenance work. Welder Foreman: Nathan Ferguson. Superintendent: Tim Himschoot. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-31-19.
- Ashland, KY. 12” Launchers/Receivers. Welder Foreman: Trent Dickess. Superintendent: Jimmy Badgett. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-30-19.
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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.
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.