Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
I hope everyone had a good 2019 and a happy holiday season. As we get into 2020, the work is starting slow again, but it looks like some of the work may start earlier than last year. Latex should be starting the work in North Carolina by mid-March.
This work is approximately 40 miles of 20”. Snelson also has approximately 5 miles of 20” to begin in Nashville, Tennessee, which I hope gets started by March. Several more jobs are being bid in North Carolina as well. I’m hopeful we will hear something on ACP by June. We need to keep advocating for this work, as it is a major project that will put many members to work. Thanks for all you have done to get the permits and let’s keep on advocating. We need to complete this job.
I congratulate those who were successful in the recent election. I know all of you will do an excellent job in your elected positions. Also, thanks to all the members that run for office. It is encouraging to see the interest in our union and in keeping our union strong. Thanks again to all the candidates.
It is almost time for the 2020 Steward School. I hope everyone is excited and preparing to attend. For those who haven’t attended before, it is a fun-filled week starting with the golf tournament and sporting clay shoot. Lincoln and Miller put on two great cookouts for all to enjoy. The Ladies of 798 have several events as well. They have their basket auction, which is always an exciting and fun event and it helps much-needed charities. But, the most important part of Steward School is the review of the National Pipeline Agreement. This helps everyone to have a better understanding of the agreement and answer any questions you may have. On Thursday evening, we will have the privilege of honoring our 50 and 50-plus year members. It’s always humbling to have the opportunity to meet and thank those who paved the way for us to enjoy what we take for granted today.
I look forward to seeing you at Steward School or on the ROW. If I can be of assistance, please give me a call: 918-270-6735.
B&G Pipeline Company:
- Arden, NC. 1,200’ of 12” HDD. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Thomas Born. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3-6-20.
Foltz Welding Ltd.:
- Brownsville, TN. 40”, 36”, and 24” valve replacements. Welder Foreman: Quinton Curry. Superintendent: Kevin Cain. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 5-2-20.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds you well. At the time of this writing, the National Pipeline Agreement is finalized. I won’t go into great detail here, but by the time this report reaches you, the contract will be posted on our website and mailed to every member.
First, I would like to mention how the new NPLA will affect calculating hours in regard to waiting time. If benefits are not paid on those hours, they will not be counted toward your 300 hours. Please be aware, you could arrive at 299.5 hours and retain your spot on the Out-of-Work List. Remember, you are guaranteed 300 hours of National Agreement work per Out-of-Work Date.
MDLIVE - Virtual Medical Visit Option The MDLIVE program launched May 1, 2020. Hopefully, you have all registered and set up a profile for you and your dependents to use should you need the service. It is a great idea to do this in advance of your first virtual visit.