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Blue Light Report - July / August 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.

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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.

Always be aware of your surroundings, and please look out for your Brothers and Sisters.  Hopefully, everyone will have a prosperous year, and return home safely once the jobs wind down. 

Thank you to all the members who have recently become active with the Action Network.  We had a good surge of participation during, and since, Steward School.  Every click helps to ensure these projects get the necessary approval, and that when the time comes for the projects to start, we are the ones doing the work.  The clients are taking notice that members of organized labor are the ones signing petitions and attending meetings.  Anyone who has been to any of these FERC and utility board meetings can tell you that the non-union contractors do not advocate for these projects.  Our membership always does an outstanding job of answering the call when we ask for representation at these meetings.  I know we sound like broken records on this subject, but please continue to be active, and ask those around you to participate as well.  It is working in our favor, and we continue to step up our efforts in the future.

When you are out in the communities, remember to represent Local 798 to the best of your ability.  I hate that I even need mention this, but please always pay your lodging bills.  I know the majority of our membership would never attempt to leave a campsite or hotel without settling up, but I’m getting these calls from time to time.  If you leave owing a lodging bill, plan on answering to the Executive Board.  We’ve worked too hard on our image as Local 798 members to let a few bad apples set us back. 

We are starting to see jobs go unfilled by Local 798 members which means our Local Union is beginning to grow again.  If you are on the job with new members, take the time to make them feel welcome and show them our ways.  Every member of Local 798 got their start somewhere.  It speaks volumes for our organization that we have thousands of applicants wanting to become a part of what we are.  I think Black Schroeder put it best in his “Right-of-Way Etiquette” speech: “People may forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Make these new members feel like they belong to this great organization. 

If there’s anything I can ever help with, please don’t hesitate to call.  As always, I am proud to have the opportunity to serve the membership of Pipeliners Local Union 798.

Fraternally,

Justin Wallace

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  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2019
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2019
    The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up.  We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2019
    401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.