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’m sure that everyone has heard of the loss of one of our great union leaders, Doyle Hendrix. He has contributed so many things through his hard work and dedication to us and our great local. His passing genuinely saddens me, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Hendrix family and friends. He will be missed.
On a brighter note, I am writing this report before leaving for North Carolina to pre-job 21.8 miles of 12” and 9.8 miles of 6” for Price Gregory. This project is one of three jobs that have been held up on permits. There are still two more good jobs waiting to start, one of which is approximately 20 miles of 12” and 20 miles of 24.” I hope we’ll get the permits soon so we can get to work on these jobs. We still have several major projects awaiting approval. I want to encourage everyone to join the Action Network and sign the petitions to help get these permits released. We must let our concerns be known, and what these jobs mean to us as well as the revenue it will bring to the communities they will pass through. It is easy to sign these petitions, and the benefits are simple: It’s our jobs and future. So, if you haven’t already joined, please do so. Let’s tell our elected officials we need these jobs.
We still have some of our members working for nonunion contractors. Before you do this, think about what you are doing. You are just making the nonunion contractors more competitive by teaching them how to be more successful in completing their projects. Because we are the best pipeliners in the country, making these contractors successful makes it more difficult for our fair contractors to compete in bidding work. So, before you go to work for them, think about what you are doing to yourself, the contractors, and other members. It only takes work away that could have gone to a fair contractor. If you need work, there are several building trades jobs available.
If I can be of assistance, please call me.
Snelson Companies, Inc.:
- Wilder, KY. Integrity Maintenance. Welder Foreman: Carroll Morris. Superintendent: Jeff Gregory. Working 6-10. Approx. completion 12-20-19.
Contractors Rental Corp dba CJ Hughes:
- Louisville, KY. 230’ of 12” casing removal. Welder Foreman: Todd Caseman. Superintendent: Christopher Randolph. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 8-20-19.
B&G Pipeline Company:
- Union Mills, NC. 11.93 miles of 12”. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Josh Owens. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9-10-19.
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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.