I am writing this report while on the road doing a few job visits. By the time you read this report, everyone who wants to work should be on a job somewhere. Hopefully, everyone arrived at their destinations safely and is settling down in their new locations.
I have heard several complaints about the number of books being sold. A friendly reminder about our contract - we are required to man our work. That means every time a member passes up the opportunity to take a job, there is a non-book hand waiting to take advantage of the situation. And for them, we are grateful and look forward to them becoming part of our 798 family.
Please take the time to advocate for our work by signing in and participating in the Action Network. There is an EXTREMELY long list of members in my jurisdiction who are not participating. Now that I have the list, don’t be surprised when you receive a phone call from me. We must be diligent in our pursuit of future work opportunities.
In closing, remember that I am here to serve you, so do not hesitate to call. God bless each and every one of you, and God bless this great Local.
Wayne Holden & Co., Inc.:
-Morton, MS. 14,000’ of 8” steel; Main Installation for Centerpoint Energy. Superintendent: Stanley Eaves. Welder Foreman: David Hickman. Steward: James Hathorn. Approx. Completion: 7-4-18.
-Colia, MS. Take up 120’ of 24” for Marathon Pipeline. Superintendent: Jeff Huffman. Welder Foreman: Kenneth Ochs. Steward: Glen Sharp. Approx. Completion: 6-20-18
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I struggle with my words today to communicate the value of your work and advocacy going forward. We have been blessed abundantly for the last ten years, and the work outlook remains robust, but there are demons at our door.
Work is in full swing, and it is an amazing time to be a Local 798 Pipeliner! Looking at man-hours, we are pretty much even with where we were by this time last year. If you are working on one of our larger projects, you’ve probably noticed a Local 798 Action Network banner hanging in your warehouse location.
If you have a job, hang onto it! It appears we have reached the point where most of our large projects are nearly fully manned. I believe we will have work through the fall of this year. However, it will not be at the rate we have experienced this summer.
We are well into the work season and as you are aware, it is great. We have jobs going in almost all parts of the country and still have jobs waiting to start. The work in KY is picking up as well.