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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 - November / December

We have just attended the UA Officers Seminar in Denver, CO. General President McManus, his officers, and staff put together another very informative and educating seminar. The apprentices that attended, especially the ones that spoke the final day, were very impressive.

Thank you all for a great job and special thanks to the host locals in Denver, Pipefitters Local 208 and Plumbers Local 3, for the hospitality.

There will be an astronomical amount of Big Inch work in Texas going out for bid in the next two years.  Hopefully, we can be competitive enough in the bidding process to pick up a fair share of it. There are also numerous small projects all over the state.

Three proposed LNG export terminals, planned to be built in Brownsville, Texas, will have large diameter pipelines feeding them - Rio Grande LNG, Texas LNG, and the Annova LNG Brownsville Project.

Then there is the Port Arthur LNG that has several big-inch pipelines feeding it. ONEOK, Kinder Morgan, and Driftwood all have some large projects coming up in the next two years. I am trying to be optimistic about getting some of this work.  Some of our contractors have told me they are serious about wanting to get it. Everyone is telling the same story; the work is cheap, even the non-union contractors I talk to are saying this.

It looks like a lot of jobs will continue through the winter. Those of you working in the mountains and hills, try to be extra careful and please work safely.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone that can make it to the December meeting. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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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.
  • 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.