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Blue Light Report - November / December 2018

Fall is in the air, and by the time this report reaches you, many of the places that we are working in will be downright frigid. 2018 has turned out to be another banner year. We have had some challenges with permits pulled on projects that had already begun construction.

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Blue Light Report 2 - September / October 2018

Work is in full swing, and it is an amazing time to be a Local 798 Pipeliner!  Looking at man-hours, we are pretty much even with where we were by this time last year.  If you are working on one of our larger projects, you’ve probably noticed a Local 798 Action Network banner hanging in your warehouse location. 

We’ve sent out several of these, and we will be sending more in the future.  We think these are going to help boost support and participation, which in turn helps us all.  Jimmy Riddle came up with the idea, and we appreciate him suggesting a way to reach a greater audience. We are always open to suggestions, and it seems the best ideas usually come from the job sites.  I also want to recognize and thank many of our Welder Foremen and Job Stewards for leading the way on advocacy.  I know several of these guys incorporate the importance of advocacy, and instructions on how to use the Action Network into their weekly meetings.  This is what it takes for us to be successful and gain our share of this work.

I want to share a recent Action Network success story with you. Back in May, we got word that a station expansion in Ohio was awarded to non-union contractor Troy Construction. Our Business Manager Danny Hendrix, Business Agents, and the UA Pipeline Department contacted the client and reminded them that it was Local 798 members and the UA that have supported countless projects by signing petitions, attending FERC and town hall meetings, and overall leading the way for the permitting of several of this client’s large projects. The non-union have no organization, and they put zero effort into any type of advocacy. They have cheap labor to offer the clients, and that is all.  After strongly relaying our disappointment in the client’s choice to use Troy Construction for this work, the client backed up and reassessed their decision. This job was then awarded to a union contractor, and our members are currently working on that job. That’s one less project a non-union contractor will get to have their fingerprints on, and one more job for union men and women to work on this year. This was all directly due to our members staying engaged through our Action Network.  It is working, and we must continue to step up our efforts.

The Enbridge Line 3 Replacement project was also recently approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  The U.S. portion of this project will be over 350 miles of 36” in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  We know this project will be a reality, in part, due to over 3,100 Local 798 members and supporters signing the petition through the Action Network.  Let’s keep this momentum going by taking every action that comes along.

Stay safe on the job, and let’s count our blessings that the work has continued to be so abundant.  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

Financial Secretary-Treasurer

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Blue Light Report - November / December 2018
    Fall is in the air, and by the time this report reaches you, many of the places that we are working in will be downright frigid. 2018 has turned out to be another banner year. We have had some challenges with permits pulled on projects that had already begun construction.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - November / December 2018
    We are about to wrap up another year of prosperity for Local 798 members.  I hope everyone has been able to take advantage of the amount of work we’ve been blessed with again this year.  We recently had our regular September membership meeting.  It is always good to see everyone that’s able to make it to Tulsa. 
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - November / December
    I want to take this opportunity to welcome our new Welders, Journeymen, and Helpers to 798. I hope you are making yourself familiar with our website and taking the time to read the Dispatch Policies on the Dispatch page.
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - November / December
    I hope this report finds everyone doing well. It has been a fantastic year for Pipeliners with plenty of work and man-hours logged. The work outlook remains strong, and that’s very encouraging.