PLCA’s 65th Annual Convention Draws 628 Delegates

March 2013, Vol. 68 No. 3
Biking in the Scottsdale area during recent PLCA convention

“The can’t get, can’t stay attitude that has always been prevalent in this industry has now been replaced with an unwarranted sense of entitlement,” he said. “While we have brought some of this on ourselves in an effort to keep our jobs manned, I also believe that it is an attitude that is recently prevalent in the workplace as a whole. I see this problem as the single most important issue going forward for this association. Never is it going to be more important for PLCA members, the unions and clients to work together to address not only a skilled labor shortage, but also to change the mindset of the workers and make them understand that the welfare and survival of the industry depends on everyone working together. That enables us to hand our clients a finished project on which maximum production efficiency is combined with the safest work environment and the highest quality standards. And when I say everyone working together I’m talking about management, client personnel, union representatives, supervisory personnel, skilled labor and unskilled labor. It will be a daunting task but I have complete faith in this association and its members that, like the other daunting issues we have faced over the years, we will meet it head on and come out on the other side all the better for it.

“Lately,” Murphy continued, “I’ve heard many discussions from colleagues and peers that pipelining just isn’t any fun anymore. I can’t disagree more with that statement. It is certainly easy these days to take a defeatist attitude. But as I recollect my last few months at college and the choices that were available to me at the time, I can honestly tell you this: I made the right decision by getting into the pipeline industry. No matter the problems and issues we face, in what other industry can you say your competitors are also your friends? In what other industry can you say you don’t have to deal with the problems and issues alone? In what other industry can you say that you get to learn from the very best in the world at what they do? And as long as you work hard, listen, watch and participate, you too can be the very best in the world at what you do.”

“I’m truly blessed to be able to have worked with all of you and I am honored to have been able to serve this association as its president for a year and to be able to have served an industry that has served me so well.”

This year’s auction raised $600,000 for the PLCA scholarship fund.

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