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Blue Light Report - May / June 2020

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.

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Blue Light Report Central - March / April 2020

Spring is just around the corner. With spring comes another work season and anticipation of plentiful job opportunities following a slow first quarter. At least two gas companies in my area have mainline projects on the books to complete this year.

In January, FERC approved TC Energy’s Buckeye Xpress expansion. Consequently, they have signed contracts with Associated Pipeline, Price Gregory, and US Pipeline to construct the four spreads in Ohio consisting of approximately 66 miles of 36”. My understanding is that they are looking at another union contractor to build at least a portion of the facilities (station work). Contractors are tentatively scheduling an April/May start for the welding department. According to the Bismarck Tribune and other western newspapers, TC Energy is also returning to the Keystone XL Pipeline thanks to approval at both the federal and state levels. Let’s stay optimistic about clearing this hurdle and continue to follow our Action Network. 

The groundwork is underway for Snelson Companies to replace 28.2 miles of 24” from Grand Blanc, Michigan, to Clawson Control for Consumers Energy. This will be the fourth and final phase of the Saginaw Trail. This project includes five HDDs, and Snelson is looking at the possibility of needing welders sometime in April. 

In the meantime, prepare for Steward School. It is the highlight of our year. Don’t let the name fool you. Steward School is absolutely for anyone interested in being a Job Steward, but the week-long event is professionally beneficial to ALL members. For us to be on the same page, we must literally be on the same page of our agreement. We cover the NPLA in its entirety as well as ROW etiquette, and PIBF benefits. We are all on the same team, and Steward School allows us to collaborate and learn together to ensure our success. Bring your families to enjoy BBQ, crawfish, crafts, a basket auction, and the retiree banquet. 

As always, if I can be of assistance don’t hesitate to call: 918-270-6746. Shop small, support union, and buy made in the USA. 

Pre-Jobs:

Contractor Rental Corp dba CJ Hughes:

- Johnstown, OH. 10” anomaly digs for Marathon Petroleum Company.  Superintendent: Christopher Randolph/Matt Hill.  Welder Foreman: William (Travis) Wells.  Working 5-10s.  Approx. completion 2-28-20.

Minnesota Limited, Inc.:

- Centerville, OH. 20” pup removals and replacements in Montgomery and Greene County, Ohio for Vectren. Superintendent: Mark Carpenter. Welder Foreman: Tim Schwendiman. Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 3-6-20.

- Wellsville, OH.  3,900’ of 20” new-lay in Columbiana County, Ohio for Burns & McDonnell.  Superintendent: Aaron Shrontz. Welder Foreman: Matt Delik. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 4-4-20.

- Crawfordsville, IN. Install temporary filter separator in Tippecanoe County for Vectren.  Superintendent: Tommy Alexander. Welder Foreman: Chad Springer. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2-22-20.

Schmid Pipeline Construction, Inc.:

- Mantua, OH. 12” integrity digs for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: Lonnie Skadsem. Welder Foreman: Kirk King. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 2-28-20.

VEC, Inc.:

- Mansfield, OH. Installation of four 1” TOLs for temperature transmitters in Richmond County for TransCanada. Superintendent: Sean Wilster. Welder Foreman: Ryan Brady. Working 5-10s.  Approx. completion 2-6-20.

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  • Blue Light Report - May / June 2020
    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.
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    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.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - May / June 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - May / June 2020
    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.