Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is a great time to be a pipeliner in Local 798. With over two million man hours worked this year, I would say that the work season is off to a fantastic start. The great news is that the work doesn’t appear to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. After seeing a record-breaking number of man hours worked in April, I predict that this will be a trend for the coming months as well. With that in mind, we must do our best to fulfill our obligation to our fair contractors. To fulfill our end of the bargain, we have nearly exhausted the Out-of-Work Lists and have heavily utilized the application list. In doing so, we have taken in many new members this year and will continue to do that to man the work. I ask that our long-time members welcome these new Brothers and Sisters to our membership and set the bar high for what it truly means to be a Local 798 member.
As you may already know, this year, Business Agent Rick Taylor and Organizer Jerry Ryan have officially retired. I am proud to not only have called these two men my colleagues, but also my friends. I wish them well in their future endeavors. I would like to officially welcome Justin Hornback to the Local 798 staff as our newest Organizer. Justin has been a Welder member of Local 798 for nearly ten years. His exemplary character and work ethic throughout his time in the Local lets me know that he will be an asset to our staff.
In an effort to keep the membership up-to-date on Union business and happenings in the pipeline industry, we will be hosting a regional meeting in Cleveland, OH, this September. If you are in the area, I encourage you to attend. More details to follow soon.
Finally, I want to thank my office staff. They have worked tirelessly to serve our membership to the best of their ability during this busy work season.
As always, I am proud to say, “I work for you, the greatest pipeliners in the world.”
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I want to thank everyone for their calls and letters of condolences concerning my father, Doyle Hendrix, on his passing. I was truly blessed to have him for 82 years and to have him as a mentor my whole life. His face and voice will be with me for as long as I live. I am grateful for that and grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from the membership.
I want to start by thanking every member that is doing their part to make the Action Network a success. We’ve had several opportunities lately to take action with the Cheyenne Connector Project, the Northeast Supply Enhancement, Jordan Cove Project, the Line 5 Project, and the Line 3 Project.
The current number of members on the out-of-work list is as follows: Welders – 1,287; Journeyman – 207; and Helpers – 1,655. The out-of-work numbers do not reflect the members who are working building trades and still on the out-of-work list.
401(k) Plan We frequently are asked about taking a loan against a member’s 401(k) balance. The Pipeline Industry 401(k) Plan does not allow participant loans. 401(k) loan repayment must be set up as a deduction from payroll. Due to the nature of the construction industry, working for different contractors for various time frames doesn’t allow for consistent repayment of the loan, which would cause the loan to be in default.