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 my report while attending Pipeliners Local Union 798 Steward School. It has been a very rewarding time spent at the school. Being able to see and talk to friends is such a pleasure.
Speakers at this year’s Steward School included Brothers Jim Moss and David Barnett from the UA. It was David’s first Steward School as director of the UA Pipeline Department, and he has already started working hard to further the pipeline industry.
Business Manager Danny Hendrix did a great job overseeing and directing the school, answering all questions pertaining to the contract and our Locals’ main issues. The Retirement Banquet for our Brothers with 50-plus-years in the Local was, as it is each year, moving and enjoyable for all.
Norma Hendrix and The Ladies of 798, once again, provided women’s activities and an auction, which was a tremendous success. It was appreciated by all in attendance.
It’s starting to look promising for opportunities for employment in the West this year. The contractors are bidding on several projects that should be starting in July/August. These projects are smaller jobs but should employ a number of 798 members.
I have also been talking with a number of non-union contractors about signing the agreement. If, and when they do sign the agreement, we have to do our part and work hard to show them they have made the correct decision to join ranks with Local 798 members. I have no doubt when a contractor sees our quality of work and commitment to safety, they will see they made the right choice.
With the work season in full swing, please be careful in the field. If I can help you, please do not hesitate to call.
-Colorado Springs, CO. Blanket Maintenance. Steward: Chris Jost. Welder Foreman: Dennis Stiles. 90% Integrity Scale. Working 5-8s.
-Henderson, CO. Blanket Maintenance. Steward: Brian Gilly. Welder Foreman: Jimmy Hendricks. 90% High Integrity Scale. Working 5-8s.
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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.