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.
The work is just about in full swing all over the country, but we just got more bad news in Texas. The eight spreads of 24” for Enterprise that run from Pecos to Mount Belvieu, TX, were just let all non-union. Our contractors bid this project at the low scale wages, fringes and warehouse limit. The construction starting date was July.
Brothers and Sisters, I guess if you want to work in this cheap state we could all agree to work for FOOD and FUEL. We could possibly pick up some other projects that are being bid on, but most likely it would be winter work.
The PLCA and the four union crafts recently hosted the very first Tripartite Meeting in Houston, TX, and it wrapped up in Crosby the following day at the new IUOE Training Center. The UA was well represented at the event with General President Mark McManus and Assistant General President Mike Pleasant. In attendance also was UA Pipeline Director David Barnett, International Representative Corby Shelton, and Special Representative Mike Mikich. Business Manager Danny Hendrix, Training Director Farron Hollabaugh, and I represented Local 798. David Barnett spoke at the meeting and did an excellent job, along with the rest of the speakers.
I would like to thank our clients, the oil and gas companies, that were in attendance. They had over 30 representatives at the event. Our four unions had the opportunity at a state-of-the-art training center to showcase what we have and what we are about. I would also like to say thanks to Farron Hollabaugh and the Dickerson family - David, David (Cy), Kristina, and Cash - for their part in the training showcase. Any UA member would be proud of the way they represented the UA and Local 798. Thanks to Beth Worrell, managing director of the PLCA, for putting this all together, and all the contractors and their representatives for attending. This could very well be the future for the pipeline industry. Thanks to Bob Wilds, pipeline director for the IUOE, and all the IUOE for the hospitality. You’ve got an impressive facility!
If you have not joined the ACTION NETWORK, STOP right now and go do it! It’s all about you!
It’s going to be very dangerous in those mountains of West Virginia; everyone please work safe. And, if I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
-Sour Lake, TX, Drumright, OK & Houston, TX. Fabricate & Install Piping and Pipe Supports for TransCanada. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Steward: Richard Hayes, Jr. Started 5-11-18. Approx. Completion 6-16-18.
MORE 798 STORIES
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.
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.
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.