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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 Organizer Update - March / April 2019

Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds everyone doing well. I have been spending most of my time traveling in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma checking non-union jobs. These non-union jobs represent nothing more than an obstacle between the average working person and the American Dream. Non-union jobs demonstrate control by a small group of people over a much larger group, the working people.

These working people are the men and women who only ask for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. They seek the American Dream of making a livable wage with healthcare and retirement along with the ability to provide for their children. 

Many non-union contractors stoop to such a low level as to hire low-wage illegal aliens rather than pay their fellow citizens what they so justly deserve. This is pure greed and nothing more, and they should be ashamed. It disgusts me to see a handful wallow in wealth while the very people who put them there, struggle to buy a new truck or provide for their family without having to work daylight to dark every single day of the year.

We are truly blessed to work for fair contractors that believe their employees should also be well compensated for their hard work. We owe these good contractors a day’s work for a day’s pay, and we must be the most productive and highly skilled craftsmen in the world. The non-union side keeps their employees living from paycheck to paycheck and fearing every rumor of a layoff, always reaching for empty promises that never will be fulfilled.

There is only one hope for the non-union worker, and that is to organize. These unfair companies will never pay them what they deserve willingly. It’s hard to believe that such a large group of people would continue to allow such a small group to manipulate them and take advantage of their hard work, basically taking food off their table.

I have heard about every excuse in the world from non-union workers for not standing up to these companies. But the truth is there is no excuse to work for these people! A welder told me that he had always wanted to be union but felt bad because his boss had really been good to him. I asked, “How can that be when he pays you half of what other people get for performing the same work?” I’m happy to say that man has a union book in his pocket today.  He says he could have never imagined how much better it is. He has made more money in half the time than he ever did working non-union.

If you know any non-union pipeliners, tell them the difference. Help them understand there is a better way, with better contractors and the benefits of a negotiated wage. We need every pipeliner in the United States to have a union book. When every pipeliner is union, then and only then will every pipeline contractor be union. When working men and women make more money, it not only helps their families but also their local communities, the communities they work in, and the U.S. economy in general. That is what the American Dream is all about.

Brothers and Sisters, as all of you know, these non-union companies are not the only foe we face. The other is the various determined groups that will stop at nothing to see that pipelines are a thing of the past. These groups have one agenda, and that is to destroy our way of life. It is imperative that we have 110% participation in our Action Network. Please, if you do nothing else, join the Action Network. Encourage your friends and your family members to join.  Take action every time you are called on because you can be assured that our opposition will.

By the time you receive this, Steward School will be right around the corner. Make every effort to attend.  Not only is it very educational but a lot of fun as well.

I would like to thank all the men and women who have called with information about the non-union activity. Each one of you is the backbone of this Local Union. If I can help anyone in any way, please call. Also, if you have any information that can help our efforts, pick that phone up. It’s not possible for me to be everywhere at once or see and hear everything. But with your help, we can see and hear all.

I wish everyone a safe and prosperous work year.

 

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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.