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 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.
- 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.
- Covington, KY. Removal of condensation and tie-ins. Welder Foreman: Justin Teague. Superintendent: Walker Sturt. Working 6-10s. completion 6-1-19.
- Richmond, KY. 12” Launcher and Receiver plus valve replacements. Welder Foreman: Cody Dye. Superintendent: Fred Leasure. Working 6-10s. completion 7-30-19.
- Harrodsburg, KY. 9,037’ 30” Plus HDD. Welder Foreman: Jan Shurpit. Superintendent: Russ Shurpit. Working 6-10s. completion 10-25-19.
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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.