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.
What a great time to be a 798 Pipeliner! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas because 2019 will be a very Happy New Year if you stay the course and work all you can. The 2018 work season was great, and as a member, you had the opportunity to work as much as you wanted. The choices of jobs and locations available were just unbelievable. If you work hard, the job opportunities will keep coming your way.
The 2019 work season looks as good as 2018 to me. The Midwest states that I cover will have some Maintenance Integrity work as usual. The Keystone XL and Line 3 replacement are still on as far as I can tell. With all the work in the Northeast that will be finishing up and new work kicking off, 2019 promises to be another prosperous year for 798 members and this Local.
The permits are getting harder to get every year. The pipeline industry is rapidly changing, and this Local and our members must adapt to it. If you get emails or texts on your cell phone, you have the tool in your hand to help advocate for these permits. Get involved with your Local, punch a few buttons. It takes about one minute. Your participation in the Action Network does all the hard work for you by getting the petitions and letters to the right politicians in your zip code or the zip code of the areas where these billion-dollar projects are on the line. The Action Network does work for you and me. When FERC shut down the Mountain Valley Pipeline in 2018, everyone was asking, “What just happened? They can’t do that.” But they can and did shut it down with thousands of jobs gone in a flash. When FERC lifted the stop-work order, that was a great victory for this industry. We had over 6,000 signatures on the Action Network supporting the MVP that had a lot to do with getting our jobs back.
I have some sad news of the unexpected death of Bob Schoneberger. Bob was a co-founder of United Piping, Duluth, MN. He also founded the organization, Jobs for Minnesotans. Bob was the best advocate for jobs I’ve ever met. The pipeline industry will miss him. God Bless his family.
Work safe and have a great 2019. Always remember, United We Stand Divided We Fall.
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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.