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 work season is off to a good start. A lot of jobs are under way and several have yet to start, including the Rockford and Price Gregory spreads in NC on the Atlantic Coast job. These are 36” spreads that are going to need several UA members. If you are not working, I encourage you to get on the Out-of-Work List and be ready to go to work.
I know some jobs are better than others, but we must man them all to remain strong. Those of us who went through the 1980s find it unbelievable just how much work is available. I hope everyone has a prosperous year.
We are starting to have trouble manning some of this work so if you know of a Welder, Journeyman or Helper who would make a good union member, have them summit an application. We will most likely need to take in new members before the year is out.
As we have all said in the past, we must fight to get these jobs permitted. Just because you are working doesn’t mean you should let up on signing the petitions and attending town meetings.
We still need all the help we can get to secure permitting for these future jobs, so encourage everyone to do their part on the Action Network.
I hope to see you soon on the ROW. Remember, we have a good agreement to work under; let’s make sure we abide by it. Thanks to everyone for your hard work.
-Cary, NC. 18,950’ of 12”. Welder Foreman: Jeremiah Bennett. Superintendent: Samuel Wilson. Working 5-10s and 1-8. Approx. completion 10-1-18.
-Ellenboro, NC. 36,274’ of 16”. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Thomas Born. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-18.
-Chandler, IN. 20” river crossing. Welder Foreman: James Adams. Superintendent: Kevin Cain. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-18.
-Erlanger, KY. .75 miles of 24”. Welder Foreman: Chris Lee. Superintendent: John Karlsson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-18.
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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.