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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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.