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.
By the time you read this report, 2018 will be a memory, and we will turn our focus towards the 2019 Pipeline Season. 2018 was a year for the record books in the Northeast.
During the peak, we had 21 mainline spreads, between 80 to 90 active pre-jobs and 3,600 UA members working in the jurisdiction. I appreciate the stewards, Welder Foremen, and membership for manning this work despite environmental shutdowns and rainouts. 2018 was an abnormally wet summer in WV and VA. The rainouts and shutdowns are not ideal when working away from home, but a rainout adds another day to the job each time it happens. The environmental regulations can also be viewed positively because they stagger the work and make the jobs last.
2019 looks to be just as strong as 2018. EQT’s MVP has quite a bit of work to do and with a 4th quarter 2019 tie-in date. Dominion’s ACP is a 17 spread project and I only know of four spreads that are currently pre-jobbed. TransCanada’s MXP should be done after the first of the year, and everyone is working hard to get the gas flowing as soon as possible. I recently visited three spreads on MXP with TransCanada’s Director of Safety and Quality over US Gas Projects Ken Murchie. TransCanada officials praised Local 798’s safety record on the project and said it was one of the best safety records they had seen on a project of that magnitude. It’s good to see the client recognizing our hard work and our commitment to safety.
The hiring has slowed to a crawl during the holiday season. Work should slowly get moving after the New Year. Once tree clearing begins, we will be able to see how the work year is going to play out.
I look forward to another busy year, and I hope everyone remains focused on safely working in dangerous terrain. I hope 2019 finds you well and everyone had time to be with loved ones during the holiday season.
Apex Pipeline Services:
-Wheeling, WV. 6.5 miles of 16” and under 1 mile of 12” and 10” steel. Superintendent: Cecil Hill. Welder Foreman: Charlie Thomas. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
-Glen Dale, WV. 5 miles of 20” steel. Superintendent: Roman McKown. Welder Foreman: Josey Kirk. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
-Woodbine, MD. 3,500’ of 26” installation (HDD and tie-ins). Superintendent: Billy Neidermaier. Welder Foreman: Scott Watkins. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
-Mechanicsburg, PA. 20 - 20” welds in various PA counties and 47 miles of 20” dry, purge and pack (ME 2). Superintendent: Chad Ward. Welder Foreman: Andy Hunt. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
-Washington, PA. 47 - 20” welds in two PA counties and 51 miles of 20” dry, purge and pack (ME 2). Superintendent: Jason Smyser. Welder Foreman: Buck Phelan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
-Winfield, WV. Tie-in support to MXP Spread 8. Superintendent: Jason West. Welder Foreman: Heath Cowan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
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.