I am writing my report at home while preparing for the last Nebraska Service Commission Hearing on the Keystone XL. Danny Hendrix, Wade Pilgreen, David Barnett, and Phillip Wallace have worked tirelessly on behalf of the membership to get this project approved. I am proud to be able to help them by commenting at the hearings. Some actions we take are visible, like with the Action Network where the click of a button gets quick results. Other actions, like public and town hall meetings, are part of a slow and tedious process to address concerns with environmentalists and landowners. Countless hours are spent working behind the scenes to ensure our livelihood remains strong.
The letters the membership have signed commenting on projects through action.local798.org is a tremendous help for advocating for jobs in the Pipeline Industry. If you have contributed, please continue. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so. The environmentalists are attacking our industry, and we need all the help we can get to secure our jobs.
The work we are looking at in the West will be bid later this summer. Xcel has the Lancaster to Ft. Lupton, CO, Natural Gas Pipeline (4.1 Miles of 24 inch). They will also put the Tungsten to Bobtail Natural Gas Pipe to bid, which consists of 15 miles of pipe. The size is to be determined. Tallgrass has over 90 miles of 20 inch from Weld County to near Sterling, CO, that is up for bid in 2017 also.
We have been fortunate to retain some great helpers and welders from the West this year, and I welcome them to 798. We will be stronger with the new hands we have organized into the Local. I feel this could bring more job opportunities for the membership. The members who join will have to remain loyal to their oath of obligation which requires them not to work for unorganized contractors. And if they do, charges will be filed immediately. Members should relay to the new members the benefits of working Building Trades when Pipeline work is not available. Also, stress to new members the importance of contacting the Business Agents if offered work by non-signatory contractors.
I would like to close by asking everyone to keep Terry and Debbie Langley in your prayers for the challenge Terry has before him. Cancer, no matter what type, is the one disease that touches all of us. I urge you to find a charity of your choice that fights cancer and searches for the cure and contribute. Sometime in our lifetime maybe we will start to see a breakthrough and even a cure for this horrible disease.
Please call with questions or concerns and always remember; if we work together and strive for the same goals, we can achieve anything.
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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.