I am proud to report that 798 stood union strong in Kenton, Ohio, at the ESS Action Protest on February 2. We had close to 100 in attendance. Thank you to all the members who made the trip and braved the cold. Thank you to Danny and Wade as well for the support and assistance with notifying members. The call blasts and our new action page website (www.action.local798.org) really spread the word in a hurry. Your participation impacts the effectiveness of our message against non-union labor and securing our future work. Remember, there is strength in numbers and together we can accomplish so much more.
Steward School is another opportunity for membership participation and to positively impact our union reputation. Steward School attendance provides a solid foundation of contract interpretations and job responsibilities. This annual meeting is beneficial for everyone, but essential for pipemen, welder foremen, and stewards. Jobs run much smoother if we are all on the same page, which conveys professionalism to contractors and gas companies. Send in your registration and plan for great fellowship, informative sessions, social events, and the charity basket auction. The computer class on Tuesday, April 11, also provides clarification and one-on-one instruction for the required weekly Steward Reports. This class is for all levels of computer skills. Whether this is your first time as a Steward, you hope to be a Steward in the future, or you are a Steward who needs to review and learn the updates, don’t miss this class.
Finally, I know many of you are anxious to start earning your 2017 man hours. The work in my area has started to thaw with several smaller projects scheduled to kick off in March. FERC has been quite busy with approval of the LEACH, NEXUS, and ROVER. No job notifications yet, but I anticipate something in the next few months. All the letters, calls, and township meetings have really paid off. We need to continue using these tools in support of all pipeline projects. If you haven’t already signed up for the new pipeliners’ action page, please do. I’ll see you at Steward School.
-Canton, OH. 6,185’ of 20” replacement in Stark County, OH for Dominion East Ohio. Superintendent: Jeff Smith. Welder Foreman: Dave Kandle. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 4/21/17.
-Akron, OH. 1,100’ of 8” replacement in Portage County, OH for Dominion East Ohio. Superintendent: Jeff Smith. Welder Foreman: Mike Albrecht. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 5/1/17.
Hopedale, OH. 6,400’ of 20” and 1,200’ of 10” new lay for Mark West. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3/18/17.
Maumee, OH. Install 10” meter skidded with 24” launcher for Energy Transfer Panhandle Eastern. Superintendent: Jim Shepler. Welder Foreman: Layne Richard. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2/15/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Marathon. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Lima, OH. 2” thru 12” mainline pump station in Allen County, OH for Marathon Petroleum Company. Superintendent: Matt Hill. Welder Foreman: Roger Myers. Working 4-10s and 1-8. Approx. completion 4/1/17.
Lima, OH. 150’ of 10” bolt-up in Allen County, OH for Marathon. Superintendent: Joe Pennington. Welder Foreman: Ryan Usry. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Hillard, OH. 2,000’ of 6” reroute and bore in Union and Mason Counties, OH. Superintendent: Jason Bruno. Welder Foreman: Michael Johnson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3/8/17.
Henkels and McCoy:
Wakeman, OH. Maintenance and anomaly investigation blanket work in various locations in OH, MI, and PA for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: J.C. Croft. Welder Foreman: Andy Anderson. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Dover, OH. 8,100’ of 12” new lay plus fabrication for Mark West. Superintendent: Joe Zadra. Welder Foreman: Matt Ward. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2/28/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Dominion and Mark West. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Dover, OH. Pre-fabrication for station for Energy Transfer. Superintendent: Gary Hawke. Welder Foreman: Aaron Schrontz. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 3/25/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Dominion, Mark West, Columbia Gas, Vectren and EQT. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
Middletown, OH. Install One 10” flange in Butler County, OH for Spectra Energy. Superintendent: Skip Holley. Welder Foreman: Glenn Nichols. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Brownstown, MI. Inspection digs in Wayne and Monroe Counties, MI for Buckeye Pipeline. Superintendent: Bill Ekleberry. Welder Foreman: Roger Williams. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Fairpoint, OH. 6” meter station in Belmont County, OH for Blue Racer Midstream. Superintendent: John Fitzwater. Welder Foreman: Ryan West. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
Battle Creek, MI. One 8” emergency dig for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company. Superintendent: Craig Scully. Welder Foreman: Keith Kongsjord. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Various locations in IN, MI, OH, PA. Integrity and maintenance blanket work for Buckeye. Superintendent: Bobby Westrater. Welder Foreman: Brian Boyett. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Freeport, OH. Assist nitrogen test and Two 12” tie-ins for Mark West. Superintendent: Rich Grasselli. Welder Foreman: Willard Watson. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
-Martins Ferry, OH. 21, 395’ of 20” new lay in Belmont County, OH for Mark West. Superintendent: Harry Rogers. Welder Foreman: Willard Watson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 5/1/17.
Various locations in IA, IN, MI, OH. Integrity and maintenance blanket work for BP Pipelines US. Superintendent: Nate Rickard. Welder Foreman: Bob Humphrey. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
Hubbard, OH. Blanket shop station fabrication for various gas companies. Superintendent: John Telesz. Welder Foreman: David Vasconi. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 4/30/17.
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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.