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,
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.
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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.