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 2019 Steward School is right around the corner, and I would like to encourage all members to attend. Steward School is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. Most importantly, the contract will be read and interpreted so that we can all be on the same page heading into the 2019 work season. If you plan on taking responsibility or are currently in a leadership role, you should attend Steward School to better yourself, the contractors and the Local.
The upcoming work outlook is not clear at this time. Two of the major Northeast projects (ACP and MVP) are currently held up in court. I’m frequently asked about when these projects will get moving again. My best answer is that when the courts decide to approve the permits is when the projects will start moving. 2019 could be a banner year or a mediocre year. It all hinges on the courts and the permit approval system.
An environmental protester once said to me, “You will get your permits, but we will slow you down.” They are slowing us down and have been quite successful. That’s why we need to voice our opinions and fight for our jobs every opportunity we get, whether it be on the Action Network, writing Congress or attending town hall meetings. Our industry is under attack, and it’s up to us fight back any way we can.
I would like to close by congratulating Chad Gilbert on his appointment as Special Representative to the UA Pipeline Department. Over the last three years, I have had the pleasure to get to know Chad on both a personal and professional level. His dedication to our Local and the UA can never be questioned, and I feel that the UA picked the perfect guy to represent us. God bless you, Chad, and good luck with your future endeavors.
- Buckhannon, WV. 1 mile of 42” and tie-in completion. Superintendent: Mike Ford. Welder Foreman: Shannon Jackson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Mount Morris, PA. 44 miles of 30” new-lay (Hammerhead Project). Superintendent: Kirk Baker. Welder Foreman: Brian Anderson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Burgettstown, PA. 97 miles of 10, 12, and 16” new-lay (Falcon Project). Superintendent: Mike Buric. Welder Foreman: Brian Fox. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Burgettstown, PA. Additional 4.5 miles of 20” and 1,500’ of 12” new-lay. Superintendent: Perry Rogers. Welder Foreman: Eric Raymond. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
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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.