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.
I am writing this report after returning from the 2019 Steward School in Tulsa, which was an amazing week of fellowship and information. It was very refreshing to see all the new members and their families and have a chance to reconnect with old and dear friends.
Our Business Manager Danny Hendrix, Financial Secretary-Treasurer Justin Wallace, Office Manager Josalyn Johnson, and many others behind the scenes worked for months to ensure the success of our Steward School. They deserve a big “Thank You” for all the long hours and preparation that it took to pull off this amazing event.
Once again Business Agent Black Schroeder spoke on ROW Etiquette, and Recording Secretary Guy Williams spoke on Standard of Excellence and What our Work Consists of Outside the Pipe Gang and Firing Line. Our union leaders had a powerful message to all the membership. If you did not attend Steward School, get with someone who did and find out what is needed to continue to ensure the growth of our great Local. Always remember that we set the bar of excellence and that each member should present themselves with that key fact in mind.
Another very important topic this week was the 798 Action Network. It is still very vital for our future that EVERY member participates. Our action page is the best avenue to accomplish our goals. Especially now, with all the permits being held up, it is a way for legislators to hear our voice and understand the passion we have for the work we do.
I would like to acknowledge our Inside Guard Shannon Jackson and all the volunteers for Inside Guard. They did a great job helping to keep everything running in an orderly and professional manner. Not only during our meetings, but also behind the scenes were ensuring that the nightly events were a success as well.
Also, thank you to Farron Hollabaugh, his staff, and the young men and women of the Welding School that worked countless hours behind the scenes. Thanks to them, the BBQ and the crawfish boil were both successes.
As many of you know, work in my jurisdiction is still slow. Union hands working non-union jobs are more detrimental than ever to our way of life. I encourage and appreciate all the phone calls with information about what is going on in the south. You are my eyes and ears, and it is you that I serve. I will continue to work diligently on your behalf to bring more union work to my jurisdiction. I also want to remind you that during your travels be cordial to all workers, union and non-union alike. We are a brotherhood of excellence. With that being said, we want to encourage non-union workers who have the skill set and fortitude to enjoy the benefits for which we are so very blessed. Reach out to others and help the continuous growth of this great Local.
Lastly, if you want to contact me, please call my cell number: 918-991-5341. As always, I look forward to hearing from you. May God bless you and your families with a healthy and prosperous year. And remember that there is Strength in numbers and Greater Strength in ORGANIZED numbers.
Foltz Welding Ltd:
- TN, MS, and LA. Install fabrication at four stations. Gas Company: Welder Foreman: Quintin Curry. Superintendent: Kevin Cane. Steward: Kerry J Lobell. Approx. completion (completed by time of Blue Light).
Double D Pipeline Services:
- Tuscumbia, AL. Valve change outs. Gas Company: Russellville Gas Dept. Superintendent: Jimmy Davis Jr. Steward: Jimmy L Davis III. Completion is unknown.
- Butler, AL. Approximately 10 miles of 42” and fabrication. Gas Company: Trans Continental Gas Pipeline. Welder Foreman: Jeffrey H Doyle. Superintendent: Russell York. Steward: Brent Harper. Completion July 2019.
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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.