Brothers and Sisters,
I will be retiring from Pipeliners Local Union 798 at the end of this year. I have had an incredible career as a 798 member and officer, but it is time to move on. I don’t know what the future has in store for Bonnie and me, but we will never forget the affection and comradery of our 798 family. We are 798 until death do us part!
On to the business at hand: The Sable Trail, South Florida expansion, and Williams expansion projects in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida are winding down. It appears that all mainline construction, tie-ins, testing, and gas-up will be completed by the end of June, and the LU 798 personnel should be terminated at that time. I have work continuing in Louisiana and Mississippi at this writing, and I have held one new station pre-job since my last report with no new pipeline jobs to report.
There are currently three non-union projects underway in Georgia that have my undivided attention. Above and beyond the normal aggravations related to our adversaries, these projects weren’t shown to any of our fair contractors (large or small). In fact, 18 miles of 24” congested pipeline at Atlanta, GA, is under construction within 30 minutes of a major PLCA contractor, Latex of Georgia. The job was simply awarded to a contractor (not), that if accused and convicted of being qualified, would be let go for lack of evidence.
The Louisiana work for Energy Transfer was awarded to Sunland and Troy. Those three spreads (164 miles of 24”) will commence in August. Our Local fought the good fight to secure that work, but it wasn’t meant to be. We will never stand for sub-standard wages and conditions in Louisiana or anywhere else, for that matter.
Gulf South Pipeline Corporation will bid a new compressor station and 1,000 feet of 16” (Louisiana) in the short term. Driftwood Pipeline has 96 miles of 42” and 36” with three new compressor stations in design, pre-construction, and pre-bid stage. The project will be built in south Louisiana, and construction is anticipated to begin in January 2018. Florida Utilities has 44 miles of 12” to build near Pensacola, FL. The project bids in August of this year.
Please call me if I can help you in any way.
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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.