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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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.