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.
Since my last report, I have been spending a lot of hours on the phone. I did have the opportunity to visit with all the hands on the Price Gregory job in Alabama and attend a town hall meeting in Lake Providence, Louisiana.
After visiting with representatives from TransCanada at the town hall meeting, I am hopeful that the three proposed compressor stations in Louisiana could go union. Although work is still very slow in my jurisdiction, projected work is still very promising.
Please remember that there is still plenty of Building Trades work out there to keep a person busy, just pick up the phone and call Dispatch. Although work has been a little slow getting started, there is ABSOLUTELY no reason whatsoever to take a non-union job.
I hate to talk politics, but as you all know, the politicians are always trying to dictate a lot of the aspects of our work. That is why it is very important to take advantage and participate in our Action Network. It is part of your obligation as a Local 798 member to advocate for our profession! This past month I had an opportunity to meet with a gubernatorial candidate from Louisiana. One of the main questions I had for him was, “Where do you stand when it comes to the oil and gas industry?” We need to be asking candidates these types of questions. Make sure the candidate that you vote for has your/our best interest in mind. We must stand strong, speak loudly, be proactive, and help protect the work we do across these United States.
In closing, remember that I am always available and here to serve you, so do not hesitate to give me a call on my cell, (918) 991-5341. I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Independence Day. May God bless every one of you, and God bless this great Local.
Double D Construction:
-Tuscumbia, AL. Emergency replacement of a valve for American Midstream. Superintendent: Jimmy Davis, Jr. Approx. completion: 6-2-19.
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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.