• 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. 
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - September / October 2019
    I hope this report finds everyone doing well. It’s hot and dusty in this part of the country, but it has been this way this time of the year for as long as I can remember.
  • Blue Light Report Midwest - September / October 2019
    I’m writing this Blue Light report in the third quarter of 2019. The Integrity Maintenance work is still going strong, and it looks like it will be going well into the fourth quarter of this year.
  • Blue Light Report Mid-Atlantic - September / October 2019
    I’m sure that everyone has heard of the loss of one of our great union leaders, Doyle Hendrix. He has contributed so many things through his hard work and dedication to us and our great local. His passing genuinely saddens me, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Hendrix family and friends. He will be missed.
  • Blue Light Report Northeast - September / October 2019
    Since my last report, I have been spending my time going to job visits and pre-jobbing on the road.
  • 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.
  • Blue Light Report Southwest - September / October 2019
    I am writing this report after returning from the Denver area on an organizing trip.  I spoke with some of the contractors in the area, and the first thing I asked was whether they are getting qualified help on their projects. It is amazing to me that they always say they have great Welders and plenty of them when I know the exact repair rates before asking the question.
  • Blue Light Report Central - September / October 2019
    Although many of our anticipated projects have been pushed back this year, the pipeline industry has held a steady pace with maintenance, building trades, and new lay.
  • Blue Light Report Southeast - September / October 2019
    I hope everyone will arrange to attend the September Union Meeting. Remember this is an election year, and nominations will be accepted at this meeting. There will be many highly qualified members running for all the different offices, and it is up to the entire membership to participate in the voting process. The success of our great local depends on it!