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.
The 2019 work season in my area is strictly Integrity Maintenance work. The big projects are still fighting for permits.
The Enbridge Line 3 and the TransCanada Keystone XL are still alive for construction for the near future. Companies such as Enbridge and TransCanada that bring fossil fuel energy into America from our Canadian allies are the main targets for environmental groups that fight fossil fuel energy. Most of these well-funded groups are very well organized, and most of their representatives I see at the public meetings don’t even know that this country has used Canadian crude for the last 50 to 60 years.
As of March 31, 2019, Local 798 had 6,549 active members and 1,492 retired members, that’s a little over 8,000 members. We currently only have 58% of the membership taking action by using the Action Network to sign petitions and send letters to the government agencies and politicians that take your jobs away from you and your family by stopping permits on these big projects. The members are stepping up and doing a great job, but we need every member and every family member on board because the opposition has 100% participation and are very passionate against our industry. It’s easy to do once you get registered with the Action Network. All you have to do when you get the email or text is to push three buttons. Read the message, push the “take action” button, then push the autofill button. And last, push the signature button, and you’re done. If you don’t want to take the time to do this to fight for your future job, you must not need a job.
Please get involved; your future job does depend on it. United We Stand, Divided We Fall.
- Southerland, NE. Integrity Digs for Enbridge. Welder Foreman: Chris Olson. Job Steward: Brian McElhaney. Approx. completion: 4 months.
- Troy, MI. 30” Fabrication and Install for TransCanada. Spreadman: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Luke Hahn. Job Steward: Todd Rogers. Approx. completion: 2 months.
- Thief River Falls, MN. Integrity Digs for Enbridge. Spreadman: Matt Ruskosky. Welder Foreman: Russ Messer (LU 601). Job Steward: Troy Richoux. Approx. completion: 6 months.
- Rochester, MN. 12,000’ of 12” for MERC. Spreadman: Aaron Zila. Welder Foreman: Mike Johnson (LU 539). Job Steward: Clyde Smith, Jr. Approx. completion: 10 weeks.
- Big Lake, MN. TBS Modifications for NNG. Spreadman: Greg Linous. Job Steward: Luke Bottelson. Approx. completion: 2 months.
KS Energy Services:
- Albert Lea, MN. 3.2 miles of 36” for NNG. Spreadman: Art Gavlock. Welder Foreman: Fred Calvert. Pipeman: Chris Miller. Job Steward: Blake McAnelly. Approx. completion: 2 months.
- Faribault, MN. Station Modifications for NNG. Spreadman: Michael Schmidt. Welder Foreman: Derrick Strong. Job Steward: Steve Garness. Approx. completion: 3 months.
- Lakeville, MN. Integrity Digs for NNG. Spreadman: Brody Scholz. Welder Foreman: Jeff Wolter (LU 601). Job Steward: Zack Galley. Approx. completion: 2 months.
- Stewartsville, MN. 12.2 miles of 12” for NNG. Spreadman: Lee Allen. Welder Foreman: Richard Stout. Pipeman: Cody Raleigh. Job Steward: Chuck Seale. Approx. completion: 3 months.
- Lincoln, NE. 5 miles of 16” & 8.5 miles of 12” for Black Hills Energy. Spreadman: Mike Reed. Welder Foreman: Mark Usery. Job Steward: Martin Griffith. Approx. completion: 6 months.
- New Prague, MN. 1.06 miles of 6”, 4.31 Miles of 8”, 3.07 miles of 24” for NNG. Spreadman: Dusty Schaaf. Welder Foreman: Eric Haskins. Job Steward: Tracy Lester. Approx. completion: 5 months.
- Watford City, ND. Blanket Work for Kinder Morgan & Hess. Spreadman: Dustin Adams. Welder Foreman: Ryan Schwartz. Job Steward: Todd Hartle. Approx. completion: 5 months.
- Berthold, ND. Blanket Work for Enbridge, Hess & Aux Sable. Spreadman: Chuck Wymore, Welder Foreman: Pete Dremmel. Job Steward: Kurt Quam. Approx. completion: 5 months.
- Grand Forks, ND. 13,300’ of 6”. Reg Station, Launcher & Receiver fab and install for Xcel Energy. Spreadman: Andrew Jeske. Welder Foreman: Les Bardwell. Job Steward: Donavon Quam. Approx. completion: 4 months.
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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.
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.
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.
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.