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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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.