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, hopefully by the time you read this report, some of the bigger jobs in my jurisdiction will be starting to man up. The 36-inch in Colorado should be in full swing sometime in July.
Our new contractor, Q&D Construction, is also making headway and has been successful in securing work in Nevada for NV Energy. They have also been looking at work in Colorado and Wyoming. As I wrote in my last report, these smaller contractors are crucial in securing the market of small diameter pipeline and maintenance work. A lot of my work this year has been maintenance and integrity work, a 10% cut seems like a lot, but when you are not taxed as much, the money difference isn’t substantial.
Briefly, I would like to touch on the Market Recovery Strategy. The Hanging H jobs in Colorado fall under that, and I believe there is a good chance I may start seeing more jobs that may be candidates for Market Recovery. Williams has several projects in Colorado that we have not been able to compete on, and I hope that we can edge our way back in and show the gas companies what we are capable of doing. Right now, we do not have control of the market out west, like in other areas of the country. The idea is for our contractors to get in, do a great job, and have a better chance of securing more work. Once we have some kind of stronghold in an area, I hope to see the wages come back up. Everyone must be vigilant in showing what 798 has to offer these gas companies. We cannot expect to make more money and not be the best in the industry.
In closing, I have still been diligent in the organizing department. If you see something that needs to be addressed in my area or know someone working for a non-union contractor that may be able to help sign them, don’t hesitate to call me. I will follow most leads if it can create work for the membership. As always, Work Safe and Work Union.
- Glen Rock, WY. 35 miles of 12”, Special Agreement paying 90% Rates. Welder Foreman: Patrick Kingsland. Superintendent: Brandon Duffy. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8-31-19.
- Reno, NV. Blanket Maintenance and Integrity work for NV Energy. Welder Foreman: Tim Oney. Superintendent: Brian Graham. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 12-1-19.
- Rifle, CO. 2.4 miles of 14” replacement. Welder Foreman: Edward Gumpert. Superintendent: Rick Melroy. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-15-19.
- Henderson, CO. Blanket Maintenance and Integrity work for Excel Energy. Welder Foreman: James Hendricks. Superintendent: Keith Maxwell. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 12-31-19.
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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.
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