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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 Northeast - September / October 2019

Since my last report, I have been spending my time going to job visits and pre-jobbing on the road.

The job visits have gone well with most of the questions turning towards the permits involved with the MVP and ACP. Some spreads on the MVP are currently stalled. Their pipe is laid out, and they are waiting on a crucial water certification before they can tie-in the existing pipe. Some spreads still have pipe to lay that is not involved with the wetlands, and therefore, can continue to put pipe together. Supposedly the MVP will be receiving their water certification around the end of August, but that remains to be seen. 

The ACP is awaiting word on whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case.  Hopefully, the Supreme Court will overturn the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decisions that currently have the project shut down. Lawyers from both the UA and Dominion have written briefs to the Supreme Court. These briefs explain why the Fourth Circuit Court was wrong in their decision to vacate the permits that were already granted by the federal agencies in charge of granting the permits. The Supreme Court’s decision is supposedly going to be rendered in August.  

With all the shutdowns we are currently facing, we are blessed to have an open call from Local Union 449 at their Monaca, PA, Shell Chemicals ethane cracker facility. At last count, we have 150 Local Union 798 members working at the plant, and they recently asked us to send Helpers to man their work. The cracker is not the same as working pipeline, but it pays the bills and provides comparable benefits. If you are interested in working at the cracker plant, call the Dispatch Office, and they will get you started on your paperwork. 

I recently traveled to Tulsa to attend a memorial service for longtime Local Union 798 Financial Secretary-Treasurer Doyle Hendrix. Doyle served this local for many years and was a major force in helping to shape 798 into what it is today. Those that came before us dedicated their lives to keep 798’s seat at the table in an industry that doesn’t always want us sitting at their table. We must never forget the folks who laid the groundwork. Please keep the Hendrix family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. 

Pre-Jobs: 

Ace Pipeline, Inc.: 

- Salem, WV. 11,500’ of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Jeremy Phillips. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Mainline rates. Working 5-11s.  

Apex Pipeline Services, Inc.: 

- Glen Dale, WV. 9 miles of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Roman McKown. Welder Foreman: Josey Kirk. Mainline rates. Working 4-12s and 1-10. 

- Triadelphia, WV. 9.5 miles of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Moe Riddle. Welder Foreman: Charlie Thomas. Mainline rates. Working 4-12s and 1-10.  

Appellation Construction Services, LLC: 

- Dallas, PA. 24” and 12” Integrity work. Superintendent: Travis Orwick. Welder Foreman: Eli Rusczyk (Local Union 520). Integrity rates. Working 6-10s.  

Associated Pipe Line Contractors, Inc.: 

- Karns City, PA. Take-up and re-lay 22,250’ of 10”. Superintendent: Mark Nail. Welder Foreman: Charlie Beddingfield. Special Agreement fringes paying Mainline wages and per diem. Working 6-10s.  

Henkels and McCoy, Inc.: 

- Silver Springs, MD.  1 mile of 16” and 12” street work. Superintendent: Chad Simmons. Welder Foreman: Jason Steed. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.  

LMC Industrial Contractors, Inc.: 

- Yorktown Heights, NY.  1” through 10” Temporary M&R bypass piping. Superintendent: Adam Vosh. Welder Foreman: Mike Adams. Station rates. Working 5-10s. 

 Michels Pipeline: 

- McLean, VA.  Additional 5,800’ of 24” street work. Superintendent: Chris Powell. Welder Foreman: Jacob Morgan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Otis Eastern Services, Inc.: 

- Grantville, PA. 24” and 30” anomaly digs. Superintendent: Skip Holley. Welder Foreman: Billy Dufford. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

- Baltimore, MD. Tie-ins on existing 26”. Superintendent: Richard West. Welder Foreman: Ryan Copley. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Over & Under Piping Contractors, Inc.: 

- Syracuse, NY. Station work, 24” drip removal and creek relocation. Superintendent: Fred Robinson. Welder Foreman: Pat Hyer (Local Union 267). Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Robo Construction: 

- Montoursville, PA. Install 10” pipeline riser and fab. Superintendent: Dusty Satterfield. Welder Foreman: Ryan Massaro (Local Union 520). Special Agreement rates. Working 5-10s. 

U.S. Pipeline, Inc.: 

- White Haven, PA.  24” anomaly replacement. Superintendent: Joe Carter. Welder Foreman: Steve Yost. Integrity rates. Working 6-10s. 

Utility Line Services, Inc.: 

- Newark, DE.  6” and 8” lateral, take-up, re-lay, and M&R upgrades. Superintendent: Donnie Space. Welder Foreman: Josh Marsh. Special Agreement fringes paying High-Scale wages and per diem. Working 6-10s. 

MORE 798 STORIES

  • 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.