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 January meeting was great, and the turnout was impressive. It was good to see so many of you take the time to come and show your support for your Local Union even though the weather could have been better.
Danny and Justin did a good job informing everyone about what has been going on with our Union. If you were unable to attend, you missed a good meeting. Danny stressed how important the Action Network is in helping to secure future work for all of us. If you aren’t signing the petitions, I want to encourage you to do so. Our jobs and our future depend on it!
The work outlook in my area is slow for now between the weather and the permit situation. Several good jobs are getting postponed due to permits. That is all the more reason we should be advocating for our work.
Steward School is just around the corner, and I hope everyone who can is making plans to attend. It will be a learning experience, but there are also plenty of opportunities for fun and fellowship scheduled throughout the week. The Ladies of 798 will be holding several drawings as well as the basket auction. I would like to encourage everyone to get involved in these events. All the money raised goes to well-deserved charities. I hope to see you there.
The work season is almost here, and I hope to see you on the ROW soon. If I can be of help, don’t hesitate to call.
- Ellenboro, NC. 2-4” Fab. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Josh Owens. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2-2-19.
- Creedmoor, NC. Maintenance. Welder Foreman: Doug Elliott. Superintendent: Victor Cardenas. Working 5-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 12-31-19.
- Madison, TN. Station replacement plus 400’ of 4”. Welder Foreman: Josh McGee. Superintendent: Anthony Campbell. Working 5-10s. Maintenance Agreement. Approx. completion 2-9-19.
- Enfield, NC. (Revised) 62.5 miles 36”. Welder Foreman: David Dickerson. Superintendent: Doug Gregory. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2-15-19.
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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.