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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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.