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.
Here in the Dispatch Office, we want to begin with wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
I‘m sure the Business Manager, and Business Agents will address the work outlook sufficiently, so I would like to address some things we need to do to prepare for the new year. Please make sure you are on the Out-of-Work List. Also, double check your Out-of-Work Card to be certain that you have the appropriate skills checked. Anyone who has not made their way to Tulsa to take their initial qualification weld test after gaining membership, please arrange to do so now. If you are not scheduled for your test, you will not be dispatched.
At the end of every year, we always have several members who need just a few more hours to get over that hump of 1,200, 1,800, and 2,200. It is not easy, but it can be done by working Building and Trades jobs. They do not pay as well or seldom do they match our benefits hour for hour, but a few more hours could be what you need to get over the top at the end of the year. Getting your UA Certifications, OSHA 10 Card, or TWIC Card are some of the tools you need to get on Building and Trades work. Heli-Arc and Stick Rod Welders are in high demand. Sometimes we can find projects that need Stick Rod only, but there is not an abundance of these. The Combo Welder (Heli-Arc and Stick) is what they are usually looking for, and the stainless Heli-Arc Welder is the highest in demand. Good stainless Welders seem to find work the quickest and are seldom unemployed, so keep these options in mind.
The Training Center will be glad to help you get your skill level up to the performance level needed for these different types of welding. Young men and women are paying $20,000 to attend private schools to learn this type of welding. As a member of 798, the Training Center is available to you. All you need to do is to cover your room and board. There is no better deal around!
At this time, we are considering having a Tube Bending class for those that may be interested. Please call the Dispatch Office if this is of interest to you. I am also looking into rigging classes at other Locals that might allow our members to attend. On the Building and Trades side, rigging certifications for the Journeyman are becoming “must have” items.
In closing, I want to again wish everyone a Happy New Year, and a year filled with prosperity in every form for your entire family. During these winter months of January and February, let us lay the foundation for success by preparing to get back out into the field. Getting our business at home taken care of and being prepared when the work does break is important. Be safe this year.
Some of the tools you will need to get a Building and Trades job:
- UA Certifications (Certifications are good for six months.)
- OSHA 10 Card (Renewed every three years is advised.)
- TWIC Card (Required for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities and vessels, good for five years.)
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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.