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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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.