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.
Well, I’m sure that we are all ready for spring, ready for both the work to break and for Steward School.
The Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference in Pittsburgh echoed that there is a multitude of proposed energy projects for 2018. The two-billion-dollar Nexus pipeline in Ohio is progressing. In December, they started cutting and clearing in preparation for kicking off the 255-mile pipeline that begins near Hanoverton in Columbiana County, Ohio, and will connect to existing natural gas pipelines in Michigan. As of this report, Latex sent in a notification for its 80 miles of 36” mainline. Unfortunately, some other projects are still waiting on state and water permits or facing environmental resistance. This reinforces the need to stay on top of our Action Network page. Pipeliners Local 798’s participation at the conference was well received. It is apparent we are making a large footprint in the industry. Our booth provides an occasion to build relationships with the oil and gas community, promote 798 labor as a valuable resource for successful projects, and to organize non-union contractors.
One of the best ways to prepare for the work season is to attend Steward School. Our week-long event is an atmosphere of fellowship while interacting with Brother and Sister members beyond the ROW. Join contractors, sister local representatives, keynote speakers, and special guests from the UA for our annual opportunity to brush-up on contract knowledge through interpretations, Q & A, and updates. One such industry update is the new DOT policy regarding opiate prescriptions. I’m sure this topic will be discussed at length during our Steward School sessions. Those who want to be Stewards this year, be sure to sign-up for the Steward Reporting Class.
In conclusion, I want to acknowledge the official January retirement of our Financial Secretary-Treasurer Wade Pilgreen. I’m happy for him, yet sad to see him go. Wade has been a great friend and union brother who indeed made things a little bit better every day with his work ethic, sense of humor, and dedication to 798. He will truly be missed. Best wishes to both Wade and Toni for a peaceful retirement. Justin Wallace, however, has provided a smooth transition and will pursue the office of Financial Secretary-Treasurer with the same heart and focus as his predecessor. Congratulations Justin for being the unopposed nominee and officially being sworn in at the January regular membership meeting.
If I can be of assistance, please contact me. Remember to always support our Ladies of 798, especially at Steward School.
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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.