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 have just returned home from Steward School. It was great to see a lot of old friends and meet some new ones.
First, I would like to thank all the members and their wives who took their time and hard-earned money to come to Steward School to be a part of the greatest Union and Brotherhood in the world. Without the support of the membership, sponsors, participants, and all our Inside Guards, it would not be a success.
I would like to thank the retirees, the living and those deceased for all you have done for Local 798. Being able to retire one day and be honored at the 50-year banquet should be everyone’s ultimate goal. The Ladies of 798 never cease to amaze everyone with their basket auction. It was another huge success, thanks to everyone that participated.
Thanks to all our speakers and especially Jim Moss who always does a great job! Thanks to the UA Pipeline Department Director David Barnett, Mike Mikich and Chad Gilbert, for all your help. Ellen Boardman with the UA, and Beth Worrell with the PLCA, did a great job explaining the DOL regulations on per-diem and also helping with the NPLA.
Farron and everyone working at the 798 Training Center was on the ball. The Lincoln Electric BBQ and Miller Crawfish & Shrimp Boil were great. A special thanks to all our great sponsors!
And last but not least, Danny, Justin, Josalyn and the 798 staff did an excellent job putting together another great Steward School. Thanks for the countless hours and making it such a success. PIBF Director Renee Vause and staff put together a very informative presentation.
We are finally starting to pick up a little work in Texas; the job I spoke about in the last Blue Light is a reality. Price Gregory has a contract for Exxon to lay 65 miles of 30” with the warehouse in Wink, TX. I should be pre-jobbing in the next few days. Rockford just signed a contract with Energy Transfer to lay 19.8 miles of 42” with the warehouse in Donie, TX, and should be pre-jobbing in the next few days. I am headed to Denver City, TX, to pre-job with Hanging H. They have signed a contract with Kinder Morgan for an Integrity Management & Fabrication job.
If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (918) 633-3435. Always remember Brothers and Sisters, we are and always will be “The Best of The Best.”
- Conroe, TX. Run procedures for the Exxon at RMS shop. Job complete.
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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.