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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 - September / October 2019

I’m sure that everyone has heard of the loss of one of our great union leaders, Doyle HendrixHe has contributed so many things through his hard work and dedication to us and our great local. His passing genuinely saddens me, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Hendrix family and friends. He will be missed.

On a brighter note, I am writing this report before leaving for North Carolina to pre-job 21.8 miles of 12” and 9.8 miles of 6” for Price Gregory. This project is one of three jobs that have been held up on permits. There are still two more good jobs waiting to start, one of which is approximately 20 miles of 12” and 20 miles of 24. I hope we’ll get the permits soon so we can get to work on these jobs. We still have several major projects awaiting approval. I want to encourage everyone to join the Action Network and sign the petitions to help get these permits released. We must let our concerns be known, and what these jobs mean to us as well as the revenue it will bring to the communities they will pass through. It is easy to sign these petitions, and the benefits are simple: It’s our jobs and future. So, if you haven’t already joined, please do so. Let’s tell our elected officials we need these jobs. 

We still have some of our members working for nonunion contractors. Before you do this, think about what you are doing. You are just making the nonunion contractors more competitive by teaching them how to be more successful in completing their projects. Because we are the best pipeliners in the country, making these contractors successful makes it more difficult for our fair contractors to compete in bidding work. So, before you go to work for them, think about what you are doing to yourself, the contractors, and other members.  It only takes work away that could have gone to a fair contractor. If you need work, there are several building trades jobs available. 

If I can be of assistance, please call me. 

Pre-Jobs: 

 Snelson Companies, Inc.: 

- Wilder, KY.  Integrity Maintenance. Welder Foreman: Carroll Morris. Superintendent: Jeff Gregory. Working 6-10. Approx. completion 12-20-19. 

Contractors Rental Corp dba CJ Hughes: 

- Louisville, KY 230’ of 12” casing removal. Welder Foreman: Todd Caseman. Superintendent: Christopher Randolph. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 8-20-19. 

B&G Pipeline Company: 

- Union Mills, NC 11.93 miles of 12”. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Josh Owens. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9-10-19. 

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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.
  • 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.