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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 Texas - March / April 2019

I have been getting calls from hands asking about going out on non-union jobs as salts. Salting a job will work and has worked, but you must get the job loaded up with over 50 percent of the welders and helpers to be effective. Everyone must have the same intentions, that is to organize the contractor, welders, helpers, and journeymen on the job that are doing our work.

 A perfect scenario would be for one of our members to get a Welder Foreman slot for a non-union contractor. If you go out there without a salt letter, a plan, and backing from an Organizer or BA, then you are out there being a rat.

I would like to touch base on the work for 2018 and 2019.  At one time we were set up to have full employment all winter long, continuing right through the spring. Then permits got pulled, jobs shut down and are delayed. This is one of life’s lessons. Don’t take anything for granted. Never count your chickens before they hatch, and always have a rainy-day fund “if you are a Pipeliner.” Ten short years ago, the rule of thumb was you got laid off in September or October and didn’t go back to work until April or May. Being able to work 365 days, day in and day out is pretty much impossible.

There’s a good possibility that we will be laying 65 miles of 30-inch in west Texas for Exxon. It looks like they will warehouse in Wink. The line will originate about 45 miles west of Jal, NM, with approximately 14 miles in NM, and end up at the Exxon’s tank farm in Wink. This project is scheduled to start around March or early April.  If you happen to hire out or dispatch to this job, the cost of living is very high, especially motels. Exxon has some very strict safety rules that we must abide by with no exceptions. We have been trying to acquire work out there for quite a while. This is our opportunity to do what we do best. Our contractors are bidding over 1,000 miles of 42-inch in Texas, and there is twice that much still left to bid on in the next two years.

I want to thank Chad Gilbert for his contribution and dedication to Local 798. When you work beside a friend for over 12 years, you will miss them. Chad will be an asset to the UA Pipe Line Department. Chad, I wish you and Crystal the best. Also, congratulations to Justin Head for his appointment to Business Agent.  Danny and Chad have confidence in him, and he has our support.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Steward School in April.  If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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.