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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 - September / October 2019

By the time you read this report, the Rockford job in Donie, Texas, will be very close to complete, and the pipe will be laid out on the Price Gregory spread in Wink. I want to thank every UA Member that helped handle the work in Texas and for the great craftsmanship and unionism portrayed here.

We all know the cost of living in West Texas is ridiculous. All the hands working on the Market Recovery had to sacrifice. I just recently visited the jobs in Texas, and everyone was glad to be able to help.  It was the most harmony I have seen in a long time. You hear it more and more every day, the gas companies talking about the shoddy work going on in Texas. If everyone keeps doing what you know how to do, we will get the work. 

There’s a good chance Precision picked up one spread, maybe two, of the ETC Lone Star Express II, 24” line from Midland to Fort Worth, Texas, with the possibility to start sometime in October. Rumors are the Exxon/Plains 36” from Wink to Webster is going back out for bid, and Enterprise will be taking the project over. There are still several projects up for grabs in Texas.  

We are still getting calls about 798 members working nonunion. If you are one of them, you are playing Russian Roulette with your career. It’s not a question of if you are going to get caught, it’s when! Keep checking your mailbox, you might be one that already has! It is not fair to our contractors that are bidding the work in Texas for union members to go out and help the nonunion. You are not getting paid fair wages. You have no working conditions, and they won’t do anything about it. You won’t even make them furnish your gloves, which is an OSHA requirement. As long as the nonunion keep getting qualified welders that are cheap, we probably won’t get much work. When you want to blame someone because there is no work in the south, look in the mirror.  

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the September meeting. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (918) 633-3435. Never forget, we are and always will be “THE BEST OF THE BEST. 

Pre-Jobs: 

Geeding Construction, Inc. 

- Grapevine, TX.  12” Relocation for Explorer Pipeline. Superintendent: Dwight Orf. Welder Foreman: Joy Compton. Working 6-10s. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 8-20-19.  

 

 

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.