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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 Southeast - May / June 2019

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.

Pre-Jobs:

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.

Price Gregory:

- 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.

 

 

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.