Brothers and Sisters,
Hopefully, by the time you receive this report the work this spring will have sprung. I fully expect that we will shadow our record numbers and possibly could shatter the record of 12 million manhours set back in 1968.
Could the work just dry up and disappear? If you spent your whole career in the pipeline industry, you’ve seen it go from wide open to dead still in a matter of months. It is important that you, as a member of Local 798, understand that almost every piece of fossil fuel infrastructure will be contested going forward into the future. Our opponents have developed new strategies to increase the financial risks of these pipeline projects. Blocking and stalling permits causes a viable concern for banks who finance the work. Bankers do not like risk, they like certainty. However, the strategy of delay is more than just economics. It is an opportunity for these opponents to not only raise “awareness,” but at the same time raise funds to oppose future projects.
So, if you want to predict what will happen to the pipeline work in the future, you need to write your own destiny. How can you do that you ask? By joining our 798 Action Network, sharing it on social media with your friends, and advocating every single time that the chance appears. We don’t have a choice; the war has already begun from the opposing side to kill all pipeline projects. The only decision you need to make is to start fighting alongside your 798 Brothers and Sisters or ignore all the signs and let the opposing party write your destiny. Being a member of Local 798 entitles you access to the best healthcare, a dignified pension, 401(k) and the structure of a National Pipeline Agreement, and it should also instill a certain amount of accountability from you as well.
Steward School 2018 is just around the corner. Please make plans to attend. This is the largest gathering of pipeline constructors in the world. The only way I can describe this event is that it is a pipeline family reunion held during the state fair! Good times, good friends, good conversation and a touch of education thrown in. Monday, April 9, Charity golf tournament. Tuesday the tenth, Lincoln BBQ held at the 798 Training Center. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until noon, we will be covering our National Pipeline Agreement, along with many other issues that affect pipeliners in our industry. Friday at noon, Miller will be hosting our annual Crawfish & Shrimp Boil, also down at the 798 Training Center for all to enjoy.
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.