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Blue Light Report - January / February 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Merry Christmas. As seasons go, to me, winter is a time for reflection and a time to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer.

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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.