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Blue Light Report - January / February 2019

This year we will be celebrating our 70th Anniversary as a Local Union. We were chartered on November 21, 1949. I want to thank all our charter members and retired members that stuck together through good times and bad to ensure they achieved better working conditions, wages, healthcare, and a sustainable pension.

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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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