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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 Mid-Atlantic - July / August 2019

I am writing this report while in North Carolina; I have been traveling through the Rocky Mount and Stokesdale area. Troy Construction is doing a lot of work in the area, and it is disappointing to me that we have had members working for this non-signatory contractor.

I understand the work is slower than usual, but the Building Trades need Welders in several states where you could be working instead of working rat. If you plan on working non-union, you should do the right thing and mail your book to the 798 Office with a resignation letter. By working for these non-union contractors, you are helping them be more competitive against our fair contractors. We have been very blessed over the past several years. Now that we are having a somewhat slower year, it is not a reason for you to break your oath of obligation by crossing back over to the dark side.  The work outlook is extremely good over the next several years, so if you are considering going back to the non-union side, you should think about your future. I may not find all of you, but I will be looking.

The work in my area is still progressing. Price Gregory has picked up two jobs for Piedmont, one is approximately 20 miles of 12-inch and another, in the Fayetteville area, is approximately 30 miles of 12-inch.  There is also 20 miles of 24-inch in the Charlotte area that has yet to be awarded, but it looks like it’s going to go to a union contractor. There are several maintenance and smaller jobs yet to go as well. We are also picking up several jobs in Kentucky. It’s looking like it will be a good year even though the bigger projects may not go until 2020.

Just keep in mind, 798 has been good to all of us, so stay strong and most of all, stay Union!

Pre-Jobs:

B&G Pipeline:

- Conway, SC.  28,250’ of 12”. Welder Foreman: Jerimiah Bennett. Superintendent: Samuel Wilson.  Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-19.

- Mooresville, NC.  Maintenance work. Welder Foreman: Nathan Ferguson. Superintendent: Tim Himschoot.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 7-31-19.

Contractors Rental:

-  Ashland, KY.  12” Launchers/Receivers. Welder Foreman: Trent Dickess. Superintendent:  Jimmy Badgett.  Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-30-19.

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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.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - May / June 2020
    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.