I hope everyone has prepared to attend this year’s Steward School. It will be a week packed with activities! We start with the Charity Golf Tournament and the Lincoln Electric BBQ. There will be lots of guest speakers in the main sessions, and we will be going over the contract to help our membership understand it. The Ladies of 798 annual basket auction and the Retirees Banquet are always special events to attend. Miller Electric will host a crawfish and shrimp boil at noon Friday, and then we will end with the April Regular Membership Meeting on Friday night. There will be lots of fun and fellowship, plus education and a perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends while making new ones.
At the time of this writing the 48-inch Associated job is just about in full force. So far, they have scanned well over 200 48-inch heavy-wall-welds with only one blemish. This shows how we are going to prevail, by showing up every day, and doing what we do best. Good job! Ya’ll are off to a great start!
Spectra Energy has awarded Strike 168 miles of 48-inch heavy-wall that goes from Corpus Christi to Brownsville. It blows my mind how a company like Spectra could even consider a company like Strike to build a pipeline of that magnitude. They are running procedures at CRC and have already had their share of problems. We did not have a single contractor on their bid list. If you get caught down there helping Strike on this project, it doesn’t matter whether you are UA, Operator, Laborer or Teamster, you might as well stay with them, because you will not work on any more Union projects. If you get hired out inspecting on this project, please contact me.
If you are not working right now and your skill sets are a little rusty, this is the perfect time for you to go to Tulsa and take advantage of your Training Center. You have the best instructors in the world. It looks like this is the calm before the storm so take advantage and upgrade your skills. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sinton, TX. 21.6 miles of 48” and 2.7 miles of 36” Mainline for Cheniere Energy. Superintendent: Byron Johnson. Welder Foreman: Charles Beddingfield. Working 6-10s, Mainline rates. Completion 6-11-17.
Houston, TX. CRC. Finish 36” weld procedures for Nexus Project. Superintendent: Charles Kervin. Welder Foreman: Carl Overstreet. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 2-13-17. Completion 2-18-17.
Houston, TX. CRC. Run 42” & 36” weld procedures for ETC “Rover Project.” Superintendent: Guy Williams. Welder Foreman: Buster Chapman. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 1-4-17. Completion 2-18-17.
-Houston, TX. CRC. Run 42” & 36” weld procedures for ETC “Rover Project.” Superintendent: Wayne Fontenot. Welder Foreman: Heath Cowan. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 1-4-17. Job is complete.
-Houston, TX. CRC. Run 12” weld procedures for Southern Company, job is in AL. Superintendent: Dana Bratcher. Welder Foreman/Steward: Scotty Jackson. Working 6-10s. Started 1-9-17. 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.