The work exploded April 10, 2017. We had the largest order EVER for one day. During my two years as Dispatcher, we’ve had 65, 73 or 80 dispatches to perform in a day. On April 10, 2017, we had orders for 150 people, approximately 50 welders and 100 helpers. It stayed at that volume for over a week. During the surge in 2008, we only had one or two days of 100 dispatches.
Dispatch Numbers Comparison
January 1 – June 6
January 31 – December 31
We dispatched 1,344 people in April, and 1,204 in May. I want to take this opportunity to thank Terry Langley, Jerry Ryan, Charles Yates, Jr., and David Butterworth, for coming into the Dispatch Office to help during this time of work overflow. And, we cannot go without mentioning Ronnie Hill and the Business Agents who have done everything they could to help. Also, we thank our Sister Locals who have lent us their hands so we could man our work.
Above all, the ladies in the Dispatch Office - Cathy Blackmore, Cynthia Martin, and Jennifer Sanders-Musick - have worked countless hours to help ensure our members go to work. They have worked 10, 12, and 13-hour days, six days a week. They are still working long hours, six days a week, to get everyone to the job and on time if possible. We cannot thank them enough for the dedication they have shown to this Local.
Justin Hornback, Organizer, is working in Dispatch to help us while we are dealing with this large load of work. We have also hired two more office professionals to help in Dispatch. So, along with the work increases, we are in the middle of training new hands. However, they are catching on quickly and are tremendous assets to the Dispatch Office now.
Also, to the members, who regardless of being tired from a long work winter, have loaded up and manned the work, THANK YOU!
The wheel is low with 220 Welders, 16 Journeymen, and 231 Helpers. Most of these people have only been on the wheel about a month. In closing, I want to thank you, the members, for the opportunity to serve you.
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I am writing this report after returning from Florida. These past couple of months have been spent traveling around, meeting and greeting people, and exploring all the job opportunities that are coming up for bid in the South.
I am writing my report in route to the Colorado Water & Energy Conference. The conference will bring together U.S and Canadian senior leaders in Energy Development and Water Infrastructure planning. I am looking forward to sitting at the table with the men and women who plan infrastructure development in Colorado and throughout the West. I will do my best to relay that Local 798 is looking to be a partner in the construction of all pipelines planned for future development.
The 2018 work season has started already, and this year will be another busy one for everyone. The mainline work will again be in the Northeast to get the Marcellus and Utica Shale Natural Gas out of the gas fields to be distributed to American homes and businesses. Natural gas will be the product that keeps our members working for many years to come.
So far, 2018 is starting out like last year. Several projects have gone out for bid in Texas, but our fair contractors have had no success picking up any jobs. Everyone’s saying the same thing: the work is going cheap.