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Blue Light Report - July / August 2018

Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798?  Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself.  Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least.  All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day.  We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.

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Blue Light Dispatch - May / June 2018

I sincerely hope you were handed this Blue Light by your Job Steward instead of picking it up at your home address. By the time you read this report, I expect nearly everyone on the Out-of-Work Wheel to be gone to a job or at least packing up to get on the road.

All indicators are that work should be in full swing soon. Here in Dispatch we are already having trouble filling jobs off the Job Line. As of April 14, we have begun calling off the top of the wheel for Welders, Journeymen and Helpers. Please consider taking a job off the Job Line, even if you are hired out for a job that has not yet started. Please man the work as soon as possible. Do not get caught in the trap of waiting on a job and missing out on good pay and benefits that you could already be accumulating for the year.

I would like to review a basic Dispatch policy that is important to all our members. If you leave a job for ANY reason, call and put your name back on the wheel. If you are attempting to save your spot on the wheel, it must be done in less than five business days after separation from the job. Make the call to get back on the wheel, then the Dispatch Office will work on it and determine what we can do for you. But, it is the member’s responsibility to place his/her name on the wheel.

Four semi-synthetic opioids have been added to the DOT drug test. If you test positive for any of these, the MRO is going to ask to see a copy of your prescription and speak with the prescribing doctor within five business days. Your doctor and the MRO must come to some agreement to determine if you are safe to work. The MRO is the person you should be in conversation with concerning this issue, (not the safety person representing the contractor). I encourage you to speak to your doctor about this before you travel to a job if possible. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call the Dispatch Office.

I pray everyone has a safe and prosperous year.

As of the date of this writing, the wheel has 1,143 Welders, 154 Journeymen, and 1,508 Helpers.

 

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  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2018
    Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798?  Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself.  Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least.  All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day.  We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2018
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, This year is meeting and possibly going to exceed all our expectations. Through April, we’ve already recorded over two million man-hours, and it looks like it’s only going to get better as the year progresses.  The work this year is taking place in some of the roughest terrains the United States has to offer, so remember to work safely.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2018
    The amount of work we are dealing with is joyfully amazing. We have 427 Helpers on the wheel. People at the top have only been there since March 21, 2018. We continue to call Helper members off the top, along with Journeymen and Welders.
  • Blue Light Report Mid Atlantic - July / August 2018
    The work season is off to a good start.  A lot of jobs are under way and several have yet to start, including the Rockford and Price Gregory spreads in NC on the Atlantic Coast job. These are 36” spreads that are going to need several UA members. If you are not working, I encourage you to get on the Out-of-Work List and be ready to go to work.