I have just returned home after attending the December membership and staff meetings. Congratulations to all the officers that were reelected and the newly elected ones. If you ran and did not get elected, hold your head up high. Members like you are the reason we have a great local union. You show up, participate, attend the meetings, and are the back bone of this organization. For unions to survive, there must be participation in union elections, activities and meetings.
Danny and Wade have done a great job putting together a program that entails turning all 798 members and their families into advocates for our pipeline work in the future. It will be called “PIPELINERS ACTION PAGE.” This should be completed in January. It is very important that every member, your families and friends participate. Our leadership has gone to great extremes to try to ensure we all have a bright future, so we too can live the American Dream and be able to retire and keep drawing our pension for decades to come. “IT IS UP TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO STEP UP AND DO YOUR PART” just as we all did on the welding rigs.
Danny reported on the work outlook at the December meeting, and it looks very bright for the next few years. We just completed procedures for several large proj- ects in Charlie, Rick and David’s areas. Associated Pipeline picked up 24 miles of 48-inch heavy wall near Corpus Christi, TX. The procedures have been completed, and the start date will be approximately mid-January.
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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.