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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 2018

I am writing this report after returning home from the 2018 Steward School. As in the past, this was a very informative meeting, as well as enjoyable with the fun events that were held. If you were working and unable to attend, you missed a great Steward School. Thanks to all the great speakers who spoke; they delivered good information to us to use out on the jobs and the areas we work in as well.

The Retiree Banquet was a humbling event, and it was heartwarming to see and visit with the 50-plus-year members who helped bring us the things we take for granted today. When you are out on the ROW enjoying the good pay, benefits and working conditions, remember those benefits didn’t just happen.  These retired members fought for those conditions, so be mindful and help secure our working conditions for future generations of pipeliners. Thank you to the Inside Guards and the 798 staff for giving up your time to make sure everything went in an orderly and timely manner. Thank you to the Ladies of 798 for all the things you do for the charities you support, and for the support you give to us.  We couldn’t do the things we do without your help.

The work outlook is unbelievable. We are on track to having record man-hour year. We are going to need everyone’s help in manning and completing these projects on time, but most of all, doing them safely. Some of this work is in steep and dangerous terrain, so we all need to watch out for ourselves and others as well. When this year is over, let’s make sure we all return home safe.

We still have good jobs awaiting permits.  We need your help getting these permits pushed through.  If you haven’t already joined the Action Network and signed these petitions, I encourage you to do so now.  If possible, you might try attending the town hall meeting in your area. These jobs are your future work so let’s do all we can to get them.

It’s an honor for me to represent the finest pipeliners in the world. I look forward to seeing you on the ROW soon. If I can be of help please don’t hesitate to call. Have a safe and prosperous work season.

Pre-Jobs:

B&G Pipeline:

-Ellenboro, NC. 36,274’ of 16” pipe.  Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Thomas Born. Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 6-1-18.

Meade:

-Erlanger, KY. 75 miles of 24”. Welder Foreman: Chris Lee. Superintendent: John Karlsson.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 5-1-18.

Price Gregory:

-Florence, KY. 3 miles of 8” caliper pig run. Welder Foreman: Sam Wilson. Superintendent: Tommy Hardwick.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 4-15-18.

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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.