I am writing my report after attending the December meeting. I would like to start by congratulating all newly elected officers. It is an awesome responsibility to work for the membership, and I am sure those elected will do a great job. For those who ran and did not get elected, do not give up. Just because you did not win this election cycle does not mean that you are not a vital voice for our membership. We all share the load. Just as winning brings responsibilities, so does loss. Responsibilities include sharing your knowledge with your Brothers and Sisters in areas where you can assist, working together, and supporting the elected leaders. These things are required if we want to keep our Union strong.
The jobs in my area are winding down for the winter. Snelson has laid off all but a small crew in Henderson, CO, doing maintenance for Xcel Energy. Snelson plans on returning in the spring for what should be another season of work in the Denver area. Michels has reduced to one crew in Colorado Springs. Work for Magellan should be finishing shortly. The Phillips 66 work has been completed, and the Ameresco work in Phoenix will start back up in March 2017. We have started back on the Water Drains in Tucson for ARB and that should be completed by the time you receive this report. Q3 is finishing a Reg. Station for Xcel on its Blanket, and we also have welders working for UA Local 208 in Denver on distribution for Q3. Hopefully, all will start back up in Spring 2017 using even more manpower.
I would like to thank Danny and Wade for putting me on the Board of Directors for the Flaming Gorge Water Pipeline, a Wyco project. Although this job is at least three years away, I will be asking our members to help support this project. It will use union labor and we will help support the project on permit issues. The project consists of over 1,000 miles of water pipeline and will bring much needed water reserves to the Colorado region. These types of projects are hard to get permits for in the West, but if it can be done Local 798 can do it.
In closing, I hope all members and their families had a great 2016 and that 2017 will be even better. Don’t forget those members who had hardship last year. It’s our job to help lift them up and be there for them if we can. If I can be of any assistance, please call anytime.
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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.