The work season is off to a good start. A lot of jobs are under way and several have yet to start, including the Rockford and Price Gregory spreads in NC on the Atlantic Coast job. These are 36” spreads that are going to need several UA members. If you are not working, I encourage you to get on the Out-of-Work List and be ready to go to work.
I know some jobs are better than others, but we must man them all to remain strong. Those of us who went through the 1980s find it unbelievable just how much work is available. I hope everyone has a prosperous year.
We are starting to have trouble manning some of this work so if you know of a Welder, Journeyman or Helper who would make a good union member, have them summit an application. We will most likely need to take in new members before the year is out.
As we have all said in the past, we must fight to get these jobs permitted. Just because you are working doesn’t mean you should let up on signing the petitions and attending town meetings.
We still need all the help we can get to secure permitting for these future jobs, so encourage everyone to do their part on the Action Network.
I hope to see you soon on the ROW. Remember, we have a good agreement to work under; let’s make sure we abide by it. Thanks to everyone for your hard work.
-Cary, NC. 18,950’ of 12”. Welder Foreman: Jeremiah Bennett. Superintendent: Samuel Wilson. Working 5-10s and 1-8. Approx. completion 10-1-18.
-Ellenboro, NC. 36,274’ of 16”. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Thomas Born. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-18.
-Chandler, IN. 20” river crossing. Welder Foreman: James Adams. Superintendent: Kevin Cain. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-18.
-Erlanger, KY. .75 miles of 24”. Welder Foreman: Chris Lee. Superintendent: John Karlsson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-18.
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I struggle with my words today to communicate the value of your work and advocacy going forward. We have been blessed abundantly for the last ten years, and the work outlook remains robust, but there are demons at our door.
Work is in full swing, and it is an amazing time to be a Local 798 Pipeliner! Looking at man-hours, we are pretty much even with where we were by this time last year. If you are working on one of our larger projects, you’ve probably noticed a Local 798 Action Network banner hanging in your warehouse location.
If you have a job, hang onto it! It appears we have reached the point where most of our large projects are nearly fully manned. I believe we will have work through the fall of this year. However, it will not be at the rate we have experienced this summer.
We are well into the work season and as you are aware, it is great. We have jobs going in almost all parts of the country and still have jobs waiting to start. The work in KY is picking up as well.