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.
The 2018 work season is at full throttle and on the way to record-breaking man-hours for the year. The Mainline Transmission work in the Northeastern states has busted open with job opportunities for every member that wants to work.
If your reading this Blue Light report and you are not on someone’s payroll, something is very wrong. Hopefully, it’s not illness for you or your family. If you are healthy and able to work, your Local needs you to help man these jobs that have gone unfilled every night for the last few weeks. Most of all, your family needs you working to better support them with a good wage, health care benefits, and to build your pension credits so you can have a decent income when you retire. On June 4, you received a 3% wage and fringe increase that was allocated mostly to the per diem. It’s always good to get a raise.
I just returned from Duluth, MN, where Bob Schoneberger with United Piping set up a meeting and lunch for the group, Jobs for Minnesotans, and Enbridge. Enbridge CEO Al Monaco and his staff spoke on the Line 3 Replacement that has been in the permit process for the last few years. The finish line is in sight with the final permits to be issued in late June. This 337 miles of 36” from Western Minnesota to the Enbridge Terminal in Superior, WI, is a real job for 2019. I think some winter work and stations will start this winter when some swamp areas are frozen, with Mainline work starting in 2019.
It’s a great time to be a 798 Pipeliner, so take advantage of these job opportunities.
-Grand Rapids, MN. Enbridge Integrity Digs in MN, ND, WI, and MI. Superintendent: Sean Reed. Welder Foreman: Levi Novacek. Steward: Kyle Comstock. Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Clearbrook, MN. Koch Integrity Digs. Superintendent: Brady Nelson. Welder Foreman: Don King. Steward: Tanner Dremmel. Working 5-10s, High Scale, 6 weeks.
-Adar, IA. Northern Natural Gas Integrity Maintenance in IA and NE. Superintendent: Adam Highburg. Welder Foreman: Joe Foris. Steward: Chris Olson. Working 6-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Liberty, MO. Buckeye 10” Relocation Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: TJ Luck. Steward: Scott Lippe. High Scale, 4 weeks.
-North Liberty, IA. MidAmerica Energy 5,200 feet of 16”. Superintendent: Frank Robeldo. Welder Foreman: Matt Wilkerson, LU25. Steward: Marty Campbell. Working 5-10s. High Scale, 3 months.
-Judsonia, AR. Center Point, Integrity Pipeline and Station Changeouts. Superintendent: Chad Townsend. Welder Foreman: Thad Townsend. Steward: Jeremy Ryan. Working 4-10s. Ongoing blanket.
-Bushton, KS. NNG 30” Launcher Receiver & Block Valve Replacement. Superintendent: Brandon Duffy. Welder Foreman: Ben Weinke. Steward: Warren Lyda. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 8 weeks.
-Grundy Center, IA. Northern Natural Gas Integrity Digs in multiple states. Superintendent: Travis Novak. Welder Foreman: Brian Straight. Steward: Johnny “Josh” Gardner. Working 6-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Meade, KS. NNG Fab and install Cross Overs. Superintendent: Rod Coburn. Welder Foreman: Kevin Marlett. Steward: David Lizana. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 3 months.
-Muscatine, IA. Alliant Energy 3.3 miles of 8”. Superintendent: Wes Sears. Welder Foreman: Shane Lawrence, LU 597. Steward: Rick “Bugs” Hemmer. Working 6-10s, High Scale, 14 weeks.
-Bethany, MO. Flint Hills Resources Station Modifications. Superintendent: Jamie Karels. Welder Foreman: Nick Schmidt. Steward: Chuck Nobles. Working 6-10s. High Scale.
-Big Lake, MN. Various Gas and Oil Companies. Superintendent: Ryan Julin. Welder Foreman: Tom Lilyerd. Steward: Brent Stai. Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Cunningham, KS. Northern Natural Gas 30” Drip Leg Installation. Superintendent: Paul Johnson. Welder Foreman: Matt Benham, LU 11. Steward: Michael J. Johnson, LU 539. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 5 weeks.
-Tioga, ND. Hess, Tesoro, Enbridge, and TransCanada Gathering System and Well Pad Hookups. Superintendent: Dustin Adams. Welder Foreman: Ryan Swartz. Steward: Cory Hiller. Working 6-10s. 90% Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Little Canada, Minnesota. Xcel Energy Integrity Pipeline and Station work. Superintendent: Brett Cats. Welder Foreman: Roger Bennerotte, LU 6. Steward: Les Bardwell. Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Cushing, OK. Magellan 1,100 feet of 12”. Superintendent: Arron Gossett. Welder Foreman: Curtis Mason. Steward: Rodger P. Hastings. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 3-4 weeks.
-Damascus, AR. SWN Station Modifications. Superintendent: Marcus Thomason. Welder Foreman: Mike Varner. Steward: Jeffery Adams. Working 5-10s. Ongoing blanket.
-Geary, OK. OneOk Station Modifications. Superintendent: Clay Johnson. Steward: Ronnie Voyles. Working 5-10s. Low scale, ongoing blanket.
-Pocahontas, AR. Center Point small diameter pipeline and station work. Superintendent: Wayne Holden. Steward: Ryan Usry. Working 5-10s. Low Scale, ongoing blanket.
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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.