If the last half of 2017 ends like the first half started, Local 798 will flourish even more than we expected. Our pension will grow just like our Local’s membership and 401(k)s have done.
I would like to welcome all the new members including those who have never worked on a pipeline and those who have left the non-union pipeline contractors. I know this is a giant step for anyone, especially for those individuals who have been out there several years. It’s going to be like starting over. You will get the opportunity to better yourself, and hopefully, the biggest majority of you will be able to one day look back at your life and say joining Local 798 was the best thing that ever happened to you and your family.
I would also like to welcome the men and women who served our country. Whether you were in combat or never saw combat, you sacrificed for us and our country. Hopefully, we can pay you back for what you have done. Thank you.
No matter who you are or where you come from, you are now a part of a Brother and Sisterhood that is the Best of the Best, who stick together through thick and thin. Always remember our “Oath of Obligation.” Don’t ever forget that at 4823 South 83rd East Avenue in Tulsa, OK, the best welders in the entire world pass through those gates.
There are still several big projects waiting to start, and I have been talking to RMS and CRC. They say we will be running procedures for the Atlantic Sunrise, and possibly some more projects, before the end of the year.
If I can be of assistance to anyone please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Houston, TX. CRC. Run procedures for Enbridge project in WI. Superintendent: Buddy Kervin. Welder Foreman: Carl Overstreet. Started 5-15-17. Job is complete.
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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.