The work in my area is still slow, with some Integrity Maintenance work starting to open in North Dakota and Minnesota. The month of June will be busy for me, going to the town hall meetings in Nebraska to support the Keystone XL Pipeline. This battle has been going on since 2010 when we started attending these meetings. Now it’s round two with new leadership in Washington, DC, that supports oil and gas projects. I feel that the KXL will go next year with some Station Work possibly in late 2017.
The next project is the Enbridge Line # 3 Replacement in Minnesota. There will be around 22 town hall meetings during the month of June scattered across Minnesota. I will be at most of these and would invite anyone to come to support these projects. If you are working and cannot make a meeting, ask your family members to try and attend. Also, you and your family members should join the American Pipeline Action Network. Once you’ve registered on the Action Network, the hard part is done. Then all you have to do to get involved is click and sign the petitions that are sent to the politicians in your area. This is an easy way to get involved with helping your Local fight for the permits on future pipeline jobs. There is power in big groups of concerned citizens putting pressure on the people in Washington who make these decisions. You don’t have to be a union member to show support.
Local 798 members, you should be maxing out your 2,200 hours this year to gain the two retirement credits. What a great way to build your retirement. The north- eastern states are booming with several good jobs that will last all work season. We need to take advantage of these job opportunities while we have them. I think this boom will go through 2018 with the projected work on the books. This is an exciting time to be a 798 Pipeliner so take advantage of these times while they’re here. And always, work safe.
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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.