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The Pipeliners Local 798 Dispatch and Out-of-Work Policies have been updated. Please read these policies in their entirety to familiarize yourself with the requirements of obtaining a job referral through the Dispatch Office. This policy will take effect on Monday, April 17, 2017.
Please take a moment and tell us your thoughts about the 2017 Steward School.
Updates on future Pipeline Projects & Meetings
For all future updates on Pipeline Projects and Meetings please visit the Action Network Website. Thanks
UA Scholarship Fund Information
We are pleased to announce that the United Association Scholarship Trust Fund is gearing up for the 2017-2018 academic year scholarship awards. The fund benefits UA members and their dependents (please see criteria in the detailed instructions found with the application). Up to 112 scholarships totaling as much as $200,000 will be awarded this year. Scholarships range from $1,250 to $5,000 each. The deadline for submitting applications is June 15, 2017.
Each application includes detailed instructions on everything a student needs to do in order to apply. Completed applications, including all required documentation, should be sent to:
Patrick H. Kellett
UA Scholarship Trust Fund Office
Three Park Place
Annapolis, MD 21401
Scholarship recipients from the Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 academic year may, at their option, apply by completing only the "Previous (2016-2017 Academic Year) Award Recipient" application (found on the UA web site at www.ua.org) and providing their most recent official grade transcript along with a certification from the educational institution that the applicant remains in good academic standing with no disciplinary actions brought against them. Unofficial grade transcripts (including self-generated computer grade printouts or class schedules) will not be accepted as a substitute for the official grade transcript from the registrar's office of the educational institution. However, UA scholarships do not automatically renew each year, and receiving an award in one year does not guarantee you awards in future years. Because of this, prior year recipients may find it in their interest to complete the full length application in subsequent years to fully display their achievements.
If you were not awarded a 2016-2017* scholarship, you must apply by submitting a fully completed 2017-2018 application with all enclosures and attachments as instructed above. *Note, you must complete the full length application if you did not receive an award in the immediately preceding academic year (2016-2017), even if you received an award in an earlier year.
Awards will primarily be based on academic achievement and potential, personal achievement, and community involvement. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Applications will be judged by an independent and impartial Selection Committee, comprised of distinguished members of the community. Financial need may also be considered in making awards. The Selection Committee may request information concerning the financial circumstances of applicants and use this information in the award of scholarships. Finally, because UA scholarships do not automatically renew each year, receiving an award in one year does not guarantee you awards in future years.
In addition, six scholarships will be given to six "Second Chance" applicants. Those selected will be students whose academic achievement is not the best in their region, but rather students who demonstrate that they want another chance at an education that will help them get a good paying job.
We would like to thank everyone for the support to the Fund, and look forward to awarding our next round of scholarships to our deserving UA students.
2017-2019 MEMBERSHIP CARDS
All members that have paid monthly dues into 2017 will have their new 2017-2019 Membership Card and most recent dues payment receipt mailed to their home address. The Membership Cards will be valid for a three-year cycle and will feature a QR code in place of dues stamps on the back. You must keep your dues receipt to show proof of payment. We are working diligently to get all cards mailed as soon as possible.
Effective January 1, 2017, the IRS will reduce the standard mileage rate. Therefore, per the National Pipe Line Agreement, the travel pay rate will also decrease to 53.5 cents per mile.
2017 Rig Rental Rates
.13 Transportation Mainline Pipeline Construction Industry Optional Expense Substantiation Rules for Payments to Employees under Accountable Plans. For calendar year 2017, an eligible employer may pay certain welders and heavy equipment mechanics an amount of up to $17 per hour for rig-related expenses that are deemed substantiated under an accountable plan if paid in accordance with Rev. Proc. 2002–41, 2002–1 C.B. 1098. If the employer provides fuel or otherwise reimburses fuel expenses, up to $11 per hour is deemed substantiated if paid under Rev. Proc. 2002–41.
DOT Regulations & Compliance Through NTCI
For those Members who already have DOT numbers on their welding rigs - rather than terminate your DOT number, we suggest you deactivate the number. For assistance with deactivating, you can contact NTCI at 317 770-0953.
IN CASE YOU ARE INJURED ON OR OFF THE JOB:
Please call Michael E. Shelton, our attorney for these issues BEFORE giving any statements, signing any papers, or taking any other action that may affect your rights. The call and advice are free. Mike also carries a Journeyman's card with UA Local 100 and understands the issues you deal with when injured. His contact information is:
The Shelton Law Firm
2777 Allen Parkway, 14th Floor
Houston, TX 77019
Office phone: 713 807-0700
Office Fax: 713 400-4086