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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 - May / June 2019

I am writing this report after returning home from the 2019 Steward School.  It was enjoyable to have the opportunity to visit with those who were able to attend. Danny and Justin had a good agenda with several very informative speakers and guests.  

Thanks to the UA Pipeline Department for attending.  It’s always good to see and visit with you.

We went over the Agreement in full and had a good discussion on issues that arise on some of the jobs.  I hope everyone has a better understanding of it and will carry what they learned to the job site and see that it is enforced.

The Ladies of 798 had several fun events as well.  They had their basket auction which is always a good time. They work hard in bringing this event, as well as others, to us.  I want to thank them for the hard work and effort but, most of all, for their support to us in our jobs as we travel away from home for work.  Also, the retiree banquet was, as always, a humbling event.  It was an honor for me to be able to visit with those who paved the way for us to enjoy the safe and great working conditions we enjoy today.  I want to also thank the Inside Guards for their efforts in seeing that the events went off in the professional manner they did. Thanks to all of you for an outstanding job.

The work outlook is still looking good.  The three major projects that were planned are still having permit issues, but we still have a lot of short lines and rehab to do this year.  I think we are going to end with a good work year.  I encourage you to sharpen your heli-arc and low-hi skills as there are several good building trade jobs that are going to need welders this year.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the 2019 Steward School a great success.  If I can be of help, don’t hesitate to call.

Pre-Jobs:

B&G Pipeline:

- Forrest City, NC. 2 miles 12“(Amended). Welder Foreman:  Naaman Warren.  Superintendent:  Josh Owens.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-1-19.

- Forrest City, NC. 8 miles 12”.  Welder Foreman:  Naaman Warren.  Superintendent:  Josh Owens.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 5-11-19.

InfraSource Construction:

- Covington, KY. Removal of condensation and tie-ins.  Welder Foreman: Justin Teague.  Superintendent:  Walker Sturt.   Working 6-10s.   completion 6-1-19.

Minnesota Limited:

- Richmond, KY. 12” Launcher and Receiver plus valve replacements.  Welder Foreman:  Cody Dye.  Superintendent:  Fred Leasure.  Working 6-10s.  completion 7-30-19.

Michels Pipeline:

- Harrodsburg, KY. 9,037’ 30” Plus HDD.  Welder Foreman: Jan Shurpit.  Superintendent:  Russ Shurpit.  Working 6-10s.  completion 10-25-19.

 

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.