Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
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.”
Daniel C. Hendrix
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds our Local 798 family safe and healthy. By now, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every county and parish in the United States. I don’t know that anyone could have forecasted that this virus would sweep through our country with such intensity.
There is no way to describe the times in which we are living. We are walking through a situation that no one has dealt with before us. However, we do have work starting. Gas companies and contractors are proceeding with extreme caution.
Virtual Medical Visit option available May 1st PIBF will be launching the MDLIVE program on May 1, 2020. This is a virtual medical visit program offered by BlueCross BlueShield for active and COBRA participants and for participants where PIBF is the primary coverage.