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.
Happy New Year to you and yours! Before we turn the calendar and look ahead to 2019, it’s important to reflect on our prosperity in 2018. Local 798 was again able to increase pension accrual rates, retirees received a 13th check, PIBF maintained the $4,000 HRA benefit, and our industry provided an abundance of work for our membership. These are a few of the many things for which we can be thankful.
During this period of good fortune, we were able to utilize travelers from our sister locals to help man the work. As our work tends to slow down a bit during the winter months because weather affects progress, many of our members are now able to seek work in the Building and Trades sector with those sister locals. These jobs give us an opportunity to make a respectable wage, earn hours towards pension and insurance; while remaining on our Out-of-Work Wheel. Building and Trades promote the prosperity of our United Association and provide employment without working non-union.
It is also our good fortune to have newly appointed Brother Chad Gilbert to serve as Special Representative assigned to the United Association’s Department of Pipeline and Gas Distribution. Thank you, UA General President Mark McManus for your vision and confidence in Brother Gilbert. Congratulations and Godspeed Chad. You will surely be missed around here but will make a great asset to the UA team. We’ve all benefited greatly from your hard work and dedication as a Business Agent over the years. Thank you for all you’ve done and have yet to accomplish.
Prepare for the New Year and set yourself up for success. 2019 has strong projections for many work opportunities. By the time you read this, the 93 miles of 12-inch Falcon Line should be underway. Approximately half of the scheduled footage will be in OH with the other half in PA and WV. Integrity and maintenance projects remain steady, which will continue to ramp up as the new year unfolds.
Let’s share our prosperity and shop small, support union, and buy Made in the USA. As always, if I can be of assistance don’t hesitate to call.
- Marshall, MI. 6” meter station for Vector Pipeline. Superintendent: Daniel Vendickson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
Contractors Rental Corp:
- Malvern, OH. 12” integrity and maintenance work for Columbia Pipeline Group/TransCanada. Superintendent: Danny Skeens. Welder Foreman: Trent Dickess. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-8-18.
- Wapakoneta, OH. 2.5 miles of 12” relocation for Dominion Energy. Superintendent: Daniel Schmoldt. Welder Foreman: Jason Rudd. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 1-31-19.
- Chandler, IN. Cut-outs, tie-ins, and nitrogen purge on 80 miles of various sized pipe for Marathon Pipeline. Superintendent: Kevin Cain. Welder Foreman: Quinton Curry. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-8-18.
- Sawyer, MI. 10” anomaly digs for Marathon Pipeline. Superintendent: Hank Hull. Welder Foreman: Kenny Ochs. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
-Toledo, OH. 2,800’ of 16” relocation for Buckeye. Superintendent: Logan Verslous. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 1-31-19.
-Evansville, IN. 12” station for Vectren. Superintendent: Jason Sutherland. Welder Foreman: Chad Hall. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
- Martinsville, IN. 350’ of 16” for Vectren. Superintendent: John Carlson. Welder Foreman: Eddie Veuhlman. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
- Middletown, OH. Anomaly repairs for BP Pipeline. Superintendent: Cory McDaniel. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-15-18.
-Bellville, MI. Remove pipe spools and reinstall for Nexus Gas. Superintendent: Spencer Fern. Welder Foreman: Mike Green. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
-Bloomington, IN. 4” and below flow line modifications for Vectren. Superintendent: Doug Vaughn. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-10-18.
-East China, MI. Fabricate and install 1-36” valve and 1-24” valve for DTE Energy. Superintendent: Randy Recker. Welder Foreman: Anthony Webster. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
-Comstock, MI. Complete final tie-ins on 12” pipeline for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Jack Hill. Welder Foreman: Brad Mullin. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
- L. Morris and Sons:
-Kalkaska, MI.30" integrity work for DTE Energy, Superintendent: Brent Kniss. Welder Foreman: Jesse Krumlauf. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
MORE 798 STORIES
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.