Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope everyone’s year has gotten off to a good start. At the time of this writing, union contractors have picked up three more jobs in Texas under the Market Recovery package. This is great news, and we anticipate more to come.
TC Energy recently announced that they were moving equipment into storage yards and will be installing man-camps in April in anticipation of beginning construction on the Keystone XL late this summer. This project has been in the works for years, and unfortunately, has been a hot topic among politicians and political debates over several election cycles. TC Energy also stated that it intends to lay the 1.2-mile segment that crosses the US/Canada border as early as this spring. We hope that we finally get to build this pipeline that we’ve advocated for over the last decade. As has become the new normal in pipeline construction, there are still lawsuits pending against this project, so keep an eye out for any future petitions on the Action Network. Please remember to log in to your Action Network account from time-to-time to make sure that you’ve taken every available action. This is more important now than ever before. This is our collective voice, and we are going to continue to use it to get our message out.
It is that time again to start preparing for Steward School. The week will kick off on Monday, April 6, at 1 p.m. with the 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The proceeds of this tournament go toward the George M. Lambert/Harry Faucett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program. This scholarship program awards ten $3,000 scholarships and one $7,500 scholarship each year and is open to Local 798 members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren. This tournament is always a great time, and the proceeds raised directly benefit Local 798 members and families. There are 144 spots available, so don’t wait too long to sign up. The Mathis Family Clay Shoot will take place on Tuesday, April 7, with the first flight beginning at 9 a.m. This event also benefits the Scholarship Program.
We are changing the steward reporting class a bit this year. For the past several years, we have gone through the steward reporting forms from beginning to end. This strategy has proven to be very effective and we find that most job stewards are very proficient with these reports. Since there have been no recent changes made to the reporting format, this year we are going to use this time slot to cater to those who are less familiar with the steward reporting process. If you are familiar with the process and don’t need help with any aspect of the reports, it will not be necessary for you to attend.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to participate in the steward reporting classes that we’ve held during Steward School, help is available on our website at www.local798.org, under “Steward Information.” There you will find a series of videos that provide an in-depth tutorial for each of the reporting forms. These tutorial videos can be accessed at any time, and they are a great tool for familiarizing yourself with the steward reporting process. All the information from past presentations can be found there.
If you are new to the steward reporting process or have trouble with certain issues that you’d like help with, this year’s session will allow us to get you the help you need. Rather than a full presentation of this material, we will have staff on hand to sit with you and go over any specific issues that you may have with the reporting. To reserve a spot, please call the union hall at 918-622-1900 and ask to speak to me, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s important that we have an accurate count of how many will attend, so we can plan to have enough help on hand for this one-on-one format. This will take place on Tuesday, April 7, at 1 p.m. in the upper-level conference room of the Local 798 Training Center. Once again, if you are already proficient with the steward reporting process, we are not asking you to attend this session so we can direct our attention to those that do need help.
The general session of Steward School will cover the National Pipeline Agreement in its entirety, and there will be presentations from the PIBF and the Trust Company of Oklahoma. The Ladies of 798 Basket Auction will take place Wednesday evening and is always a good time. Every penny raised goes directly to charities which are voted on by the Ladies group members. Thursday night, April 9, will be the Local 798 Retiree Banquet, which honors and recognizes members with 50 or more years of service to Local 798. This is always an exciting time, but this year will be extra special as Local 798’s own Cody Hibbard and his band will be the entertainment. The week will end with the Regular Membership Meeting on Friday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Renaissance Ballroom. We hope to see you all there.
If there is ever anything that I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to call on me. As always, I am proud to serve the membership of Pipeliners Local Union 798!
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds you well. At the time of this writing, the National Pipeline Agreement is finalized. I won’t go into great detail here, but by the time this report reaches you, the contract will be posted on our website and mailed to every member.
First, I would like to mention how the new NPLA will affect calculating hours in regard to waiting time. If benefits are not paid on those hours, they will not be counted toward your 300 hours. Please be aware, you could arrive at 299.5 hours and retain your spot on the Out-of-Work List. Remember, you are guaranteed 300 hours of National Agreement work per Out-of-Work Date.
MDLIVE - Virtual Medical Visit Option The MDLIVE program launched May 1, 2020. Hopefully, you have all registered and set up a profile for you and your dependents to use should you need the service. It is a great idea to do this in advance of your first virtual visit.