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.
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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.