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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Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798? Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself. Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least. All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day. We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, This year is meeting and possibly going to exceed all our expectations. Through April, we’ve already recorded over two million man-hours, and it looks like it’s only going to get better as the year progresses. The work this year is taking place in some of the roughest terrains the United States has to offer, so remember to work safely.
The amount of work we are dealing with is joyfully amazing. We have 427 Helpers on the wheel. People at the top have only been there since March 21, 2018. We continue to call Helper members off the top, along with Journeymen and Welders.
The work season is off to a good start. A lot of jobs are under way and several have yet to start, including the Rockford and Price Gregory spreads in NC on the Atlantic Coast job. These are 36” spreads that are going to need several UA members. If you are not working, I encourage you to get on the Out-of-Work List and be ready to go to work.