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.
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.
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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.