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Blue Light Report - January / February 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Merry Christmas. As seasons go, to me, winter is a time for reflection and a time to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer.

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Blue Light Report Dispatch - September / October 2019

The current number of members on the out-of-work list is as follows: Welders 1,287; Journeyman 207; and Helpers 1,655. The out-of-work numbers do not reflect the members who are working building trades and still on the out-of-work list.

We have been dispatching large numbers of our members to building trades work for our sister locals throughout the country. The estimated number of members working for other sister locals is 390 and increasing daily. We have 25 in Alabama, 14 in Arizona, 1 in Georgia, 5 in Illinois, 32 in Michigan, 3 in New Mexico, 10 in Ohio, 5 in Oregon, and 24 in Washington. This only scratches the surface.  We also have 278 in Pennsylvania. The last reported pay scales for Pennsylvania are as follows: Welder - $47.25 (total package, $68.32); Journeyman - $45.50 (total package, $66.57); Helper - $29.58 (total package, $44.82 with less than five years of experience). Also, there is a $77.00 per diem if you can prove you live more than 60 miles away, and you can provide accurate documentation proving you have a permanent home. If you cannot provide the documentation they are asking for; the per diem will be $16.00. All this work in this specific location has also opened opportunities in other locations throughout the country. The Dispatch Office has sent out an estimated 700 bios since May of this year and many more prior to that. If you have OSHA 10, UA Heli-Arc Certs, and can pass a background check, there are many jobs available. Also, stainless Welders stay in demand. 

It is that time of year that the nuclear outages startup (30, 40, 60 and 80-day outages are everywhere). They will be reaching out for good hands to fill these jobs.The 798 Training Center is ready and available (please call ahead). So, come on down and upgrade your skills. 

Don’t forget to check out the new link that gives you more daily information on building trades work. Visit our webpage at www.local798.org, select Dispatch, then Building Trades. The link is located at the bottom of the page labeled Building Trades Basics. 

No doubt, the year has not turned out as productive as we expected. However, we still have hope for this fall. Projects up north and constant rumors of our contractors bidding on work in Texas, Wyoming, and other western states, are churning. 

We do have an abundance of good-paying building trades work to hold us over and keep insurance for our families until our work does pick up. There is a good possibility of getting pension credits in some of these higher-paying locals. It is important that we man the building trades work, helping our Brother and Sister members combat the nonunion contractors and supporters.  

I want to close by saying that our members who are working at the cracker plant in Pennsylvania have had many praises from the Pittsburgh local. They are especially appreciative of the Helpers we are sending and willingly asking for more. This tells us that our Welders and Journeymen are passing on good work ethics and training to our Helpers. Hats off to everyone! Even in difficult times, 798 is excelling. If the Dispatch Office can be of any help, please call us at (918) 610-2761. 

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