I am writing this report after returning home from the December union meeting. It was a good turnout and enjoyable to visit with those able to attend. The election is over, and I would like to congratulate all the officers who were elected. I’m sure they will do a great job in their positions. Also, thanks to those who ran. It’s a good feeling to see so many interested in the security of our union.
The work in my area has slowed down for the holidays to only a few small jobs. There are several good jobs planned for next year pending permitting. This work year is almost over, and I hope everyone has had a good work year. Also, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and I want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.
The January meeting is just around the corner. I hope to see you there. If you are not able to attend, I hope to see you on the right of way soon. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and dedication to make 2016 another year to be a proud 798 member. I hope you all have a prosperous 2017.
Thanks to all.
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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.