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Blue Light Report - September / October 2019

I want to thank everyone for their calls and letters of condolences concerning my father, Doyle Hendrix, on his passing. I was truly blessed to have him for 82 years and to have him as a mentor my whole life. His face and voice will be with me for as long as I live. I am grateful for that and grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from the membership.

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Blue Light Report Mid-Atlantic - July / August 2019

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!

Pre-Jobs:

B&G Pipeline:

- 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.

Contractors Rental:

-  Ashland, KY.  12” Launchers/Receivers. Welder Foreman: Trent Dickess. Superintendent:  Jimmy Badgett.  Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-30-19.

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Blue Light Report - September / October 2019
    I want to thank everyone for their calls and letters of condolences concerning my father, Doyle Hendrix, on his passing. I was truly blessed to have him for 82 years and to have him as a mentor my whole life. His face and voice will be with me for as long as I live. I am grateful for that and grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from the membership.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - September / October 2019
    I want to start by thanking every member that is doing their part to make the Action Network a success. We’ve had several opportunities lately to take action with the Cheyenne Connector Project, the Northeast Supply Enhancement, Jordan Cove Project, the Line 5 Project, and the Line 3 Project.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - September / October 2019
    The current number of members on the out-of-work list is as follows: Welders – 1,287; Journeyman – 207; and Helpers – 1,655. The out-of-work numbers do not reflect the members who are working building trades and still on the out-of-work list.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - September / October 2019
    401(k) Plan  We frequently are asked about taking a loan against a member’s 401(k) balance.  The Pipeline Industry 401(k) Plan does not allow participant loans.  401(k) loan repayment must be set up as a deduction from payroll.  Due to the nature of the construction industry, working for different contractors for various time frames doesn’t allow for consistent repayment of the loan, which would cause the loan to be in default.