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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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.