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 year 2020 will long be remembered for the pain and misery that the Coronavirus has caused the world. This is very serious and will affect many of our members, not just for health reasons but for financial hardships caused by the job delays.
This year my area will be going strong by late spring to early summer. The only thing I see that could stop any cross-country movement from state to state is the COVID-19 epidemic. The KXL Pipeline is ready to blast off this work season and go until the fall of 2021. Abercrombie has 1.5 miles of KXL 36” border crossing in Montana underway, and it will be complete by the time this Blue Light is mailed out. The virus is the problem now. We have a lot to learn about how we staff these jobs, keep everyone safe, and still get the pipe laid and in the ground. Every client and contractor has their own ideas and rules on how to keep their employees safe and stay working.
The Integrity Maintenance work restarted even during the few weeks before Easter Sunday. These jobs are anywhere from one to four welders and are a lot easier to get going than a 60 or 70-mile spread of KXL.
As I write this report the day after Easter, I considered for several days on what to say in times like these. I hope and pray our country can get better control of this terrible sickness so we can get back to work. I hope you had a great Easter spending time with family as I did.
It’s early in the work season, and I believe we will be going full speed by mid-summer. We will have to adjust to the way we have to live around COVID-19 and be safe. Please stay current with the Action Network on Line 3 and other projects in the northeast. The opposition is still using everything they can to stop the Line 3 Pipeline. We can’t let up, so stay involved to make these permits come to us. There is power in strength and numbers. So, don’t forget, United We Stand, and Divided We Fall.
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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.