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.
This will be my last report to you, Brothers and Sisters. I have been appointed as a Special Representative to the United Association Pipeline Department by UA General President Mark McManus.
I cannot express what an honor it is to be asked to be a part of such a great and successful team.
I look forward to working with David Barnett, the Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution, and Special Representative Mike Mikich, daily in the Pipeline Department. My last 12 years as a Business Agent for Pipeliners Local 798 have been the most rewarding time in my career. The membership has always been there to help me, and I ask for your continued support at my new position.
I have been very fortunate to work under the great leadership of Danny Hendrix. He has been a great mentor for me, and I cannot express how thankful I am for his direction as an employee and a Brother member. We all owe Danny a lot for his dedication to the members and Local 798 as our Business Manager. I would also like to thank James Moss, David Barnett, and Wade Pilgreen for their mentorship throughout my term as Business Agent. Last, but not least, I thank the Brothers I worked with daily, the Business Agents and Organizers who work so hard for the membership. I will never forget the bond we all have, and I will continue to work together to unite and uphold the rights of union workers.
In closing, I ask everyone to encourage and support Brother Justin Head, the new Business Agent for the West. Justin has shown true craftsmanship in the field and has the character to become a great Business Agent, but he will need you, Brothers and Sisters, just as I did. Justin has earned the respect of those out West by always supporting his Union. He has helped walk every picket and advocated for every job in our area.
Thank you all supporting me, both professionally and personally. Always, “Work Safe and Work Union.” See you down the road.
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.