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.
So far, 2018 is starting out like last year. Several projects have gone out for bid in Texas, but our fair contractors have had no success picking up any jobs. Everyone’s saying the same thing: the work is going cheap.
We are getting calls from some of our members and from non-union workers saying that 798 hands are starting to show up on this non-union work. Please understand that if you are seen working for a non-signatory contractor, you will be expelled with a $10,000 raised initiation fee. Be mindful, any Union Brother or Sister member can file charges on you for performing UA work non-union. If you need a clear definition of what constitutes UA work, don’t hesitate to contact a Business Agent, Organizer or an officer of this Local.
Danny and I just attended a safety seminar in Houston hosted by Associated Pipeline that was very impressive. My hat’s off to Paul Summerville, the owner of Associated Pipeline. I have never seen an owner take a safety approach like he did; he brought in all of his superintendents and foremen. There were extensive talks all day about how they could work in a safer environment, so that each employee of Associated Pipeline could go home at the end of the job in the same condition as the day they arrived. There were talks about the work in West Virginia and the dangers involved, and how the projects could be completed in a safe manner. There was participation from Trans Canada, Enterprise, Caterpillar, John Deere, and PSS among a lot of others. Danny Hendrix and David LaBorde with the Teamsters did an excellent job speaking from the Labor standpoint.
I hope everyone has made reservations for the 2018 Steward School. I’m looking forward to seeing you there. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me. Most of the work will be in the mountains of West Virginia this year. Please work safe and watch out for others. We should work safe all the time, not just when it’s convenient.”
MORE 798 STORIES
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.