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 would like to start by expressing my enthusiasm for the outstanding turnout for our January Regular Membership Meeting. It was truly overwhelming to see how many new members and first-timers that were in attendance. It is always a pleasure to meet new members and be able to listen to any concerns that you may have. All of you are our future, and our future is looking very bright.
Secondly, I know that most jobs have not kicked off yet but try to be patient. Work this year could be just as good, if not better than last year. Work in the South is still looking promising for mid-year. It appears that we finally have union contractors interested in the work going on in the South.
Please continue to be diligently participating on the 798 Action Network. It is vital for our future that EVERY member participates. Our action page is the best avenue to accomplish our goals. As we all know, the “squeaky wheel gets the grease,” so let’s be louder than our opposition! Our Action Network has proven itself to be a valuable resource in letting our legislators know how passionate and dedicated we all are about the work that we do.
If you have not already made plans to attend this year’s Steward School, make those reservations now. It is the best chance for you to participate, learn important working details of this profession, and make valuable job contacts. To all our new members: 798 is a family and is family oriented, make plans to bring your family with you. There will be activities for them while you are attending the school. I look forward to seeing you and your family there.
In closing, remember that I am here to serve you, so do not hesitate to call me at 918-991-5341. God bless each one of you and God bless Local Union 798! And remember that there is always Strength in numbers and Greater Strength in ORGANIZED numbers.
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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.