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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 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.

The work outlook is still very positive, but as we all know, the protesters, politicians, and permits can really skew the start times for pipeline projects. Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be reviewed at the U.S. Supreme Court level, but a decision is not expected until June of 2020. Keystone XL was approved through Nebraska’s Supreme Court with a positive outlook but still has numerous obstacles before construction. Enbridge Line 3 claims to have the green light for early construction in 2020. Our signatory contractors are actively engaged in bidding work in the lower tier states and have had some success. Hopefully, by the time you read this report, we will have some large spreads looking to start in early 2020 down south. Collectively, with the PLCA and the other three crafts, we have held numerous meetings with potential clients that are interested in the value that organized labor can bring to their projects.  The clients see the structure that we bring to the table and realize that our competition does not have this to offer. Summarizing the above paragraph, we must continue to advocate on the Action Network.

It is never too early to start making plans to attend this year’s Steward School scheduled for April 6-10, 2020. It will be here before we know it, so don’t wait until all the rooms are filled up. This event is a great opportunity to network and make new friends and connections in the pipeline industry.

We have had several meetings concerning negotiations on the National Pipeline Agreement. Our contract doesn’t expire until May 31, 2020, but as your representatives, we believe by starting early, it shows the contractors, and most importantly, the clients, that we intend to avoid an impasse by allowing ample time to bargain.

The election is over. I want to thank the Election Committee for their service on a job well done. To the candidates, thank you for having the willingness to stand up. And, finally to the winners, congratulations on your victory.

In closing, I want to wish everyone a blessed and fruitful 2020. As always, I am proud to say, “I work for you, the greatest pipeliners in the world.”

Fraternally,

Daniel C. Hendrix

Business Manager

 

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