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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 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.

Make sure you have your Out-of-Work Card filled out the best way to meet your needs at the time. Please begin making plans to come to the December or January Membership Meeting or both; they will be the second Friday of these months. This is an opportunity to meet the Business Manager, Financial-Secretary-Treasurer, Business Agents, Organizers, and of course myself. We also want you to see and tour the Training facility. As members, the Training Center is an asset for each of you. Find out what is down there that could make your skill level even better.

The weather has finally cooled off greatly. We have several large jobs still going, however, the likelihood of anything large starting this fall is slim. The weather in the mountains will bring large pipe gangs to a sliding halt. If you are fortunate enough to be where there is some flat ground, I am sure those jobs will keep running as long as there is work that can be done. Currently, we barely have enough members apply to fill the jobs, so far just enough though. By the time you are reading this, I do not expect to be selling any books or working travelers; it will be down to members only.

Now that we are moving into the winter season, it is time for all our new members that have not traveled to Tulsa to take their qualification test to make arrangements to do so. Please call (918) 622-1900 to schedule a date at the Training Center to get this taken care of. You may come in early leading up to your scheduled test date to get familiar with the facility and practice. Once these Blue Lights go out and everyone is informed, I will not dispatch you if you are not on the schedule to test. Please take care of this matter as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the Dispatch Policy, Job Line, or information about getting on the wheel and ways to get back on top of the wheel when you have not gone over your hours, please call us at (918) 610-2761.

The staff here in the Dispatch Office want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.

Exact # on List as of 9-27-18

Welders                         614

Journeyman                    65

Helpers                          743

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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.
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