I am writing this report from home. The work, as you know, is great. We are having a hard time filling some of these jobs, so I encourage you, if you aren’t already working, to apply for jobs on the Job Line. We need everyone’s help in manning these jobs because if we don’t man the work, the non-union will. Let’s not let the non-union get any stronger than they already are. The work in my area is manned up for now, but I am still sending in a few hands on the special agreement work.
I want to thank everyone for the good job they are doing. This work season is just now coming in and most are working or have been offered work. We still have a lot of work to do this year and several large projects coming up for 2018. I have a few larger projects that should be coming up for bids in late June and July.
I am looking forward to seeing you in the field soon. I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous year. We are now working under our new agreement so be sure to read it because there are a few changes. It is everyone’s job to make sure our work is protected and our agreement is followed.
Goodlettsville, TN. 9,123’ of 12’. Welder Foreman: Frankie Wilbanks. Superintendent: Matthew Himschoot. Working 6-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 8-1-17.
Forrest City, NC. Various Fabrication and Station work. Welder Foreman: Marty Garrison. Superintendent: Thomas Born. Working 6-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 6-2-17.
Alexandria, KY. 8.3 miles of 24” Deactivation. Welder Foreman: Randy Wyatt. Superintendent: Ralph Pfister. Working 5-8s. Maintenance. Approx. completion 6-30-17.
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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.
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.
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.
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.