Brothers and Sisters, I hope everyone has had a good holiday season and is ready for the work year. I have pre-jobbed a few jobs in NC and have several good jobs coming up. It looks like we are going to have a great year. I encourage anyone needing to brush up on their welding skills to take advantage of the Training Center so you will be ready for this work season.
Steward School is not far off. Hopefully, a large number of you will be able to attend. Not only it is a great learning opportunity to better understand the agreement we work under, but there are also several fun activities. The Ladies of 798 Basket Auction is an exciting event that helps several charities. For those of you who like golf, the tournament is a fun event as well. I understand there will also be a sporting clay shoot for gun enthusiasts. The Lincoln BBQ will be on Tuesday, and the Miller Electric Crawfish Boil is on Friday.
The Family and Retiree Banquet on Thursday night, honoring members with 50 or more years of service, is an event everyone needs to make plans to attend. These retirees are the ones who helped shape our union and gave us the great, safe working conditions we enjoy today. Come and thank these retirees for their dedication to the life they have made for us.
I hope to see you at Steward School or out on the ROW this year. Thank you for all your hard work last year, and I hope everyone makes 2017 a great year.
-Creedmoor, NC. Various Maintenance. Welder Foreman: Doug Elliott. Superintendent: Victor Cardenas. Working 5-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 12-31-17.
-Wilmington, NC. 6-8” Fabrication. Welder Foreman: Nathan Ferguson. Superintendent: Blake Friel. Working 6-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 3-10-17.
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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.