I am writing my report from my office in Colorado where we have had a hard winter this year. Spring is starting to try to peak through, and we are all ready to get the year started off right by attending the Local Union 798 Steward School in Tulsa, OK.
I urge everyone who wants to Steward a project to attend. Classes will be available for learning computer skills to fill out reports. We will be going over the Contract and answering any questions that are brought forth. The Steward School is also a great time to socialize and network. The Ladies of 798 basket auction is always a highlight. Norma Kay and the ladies have done a great job each year supporting charities and helping to show that the members of 798 are caring and generous. We have a Slick Rig Contest, BBQ, crawfish boil and much more.
With the winter conditions, the contractors haven't mobilized on any work yet. We had contractors bidding 13 miles of 20-inch in Durango, CO, for BP. Rumor is that it went to an unfair contractor. We actually took this project under a concession to be bid low scale and still didn't get the project. It's amazing how cheap some of the non-union contractors are willing to work for. I will be giving this project a lot of attention in the coming months. I will be calling out the gas company and contractor if they choose to pay unfair wages and for the lack of safe working conditions due to bidding so cheap.
I hope everyone is getting ready for a great work season. And no matter your politics, it's a great thing that after the membership fought so hard, we are finally going to get the Keystone border crossing approved by President Trump.
God Bless and have a great and safe work year.
MORE 798 STORIES
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.