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Blue Light Report - July / August 2018

Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798?  Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself.  Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least.  All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day.  We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.

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Blue Light Report Midwest - July / August 2018

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.

Prejobs:

Casper Construction:

-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.    

Charps, LLC:

-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.

Geeding:

-Liberty, MO.  Buckeye 10” Relocation Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: TJ Luck. Steward: Scott Lippe. High Scale, 4 weeks.

Intren:

-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.

McCizer Pipeline:

-Judsonia, AR.  Center Point, Integrity Pipeline and Station Changeouts. Superintendent: Chad Townsend. Welder Foreman: Thad Townsend. Steward: Jeremy Ryan. Working 4-10s. Ongoing blanket.

Michels Pipeline:

-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.

Midwestern Contractors:

-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.

 Minnesota limited:

-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.

Q3 Contracting:

-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.

Southern Pipeline:

-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.

Wayne Holden:

-Pocahontas, AR.  Center Point small diameter pipeline and station work. Superintendent: Wayne Holden.  Steward: Ryan Usry. Working 5-10s. Low Scale, ongoing blanket.

 

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2018
    Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798?  Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself.  Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least.  All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day.  We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2018
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, This year is meeting and possibly going to exceed all our expectations. Through April, we’ve already recorded over two million man-hours, and it looks like it’s only going to get better as the year progresses.  The work this year is taking place in some of the roughest terrains the United States has to offer, so remember to work safely.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2018
    The amount of work we are dealing with is joyfully amazing. We have 427 Helpers on the wheel. People at the top have only been there since March 21, 2018. We continue to call Helper members off the top, along with Journeymen and Welders.
  • Blue Light Report Mid Atlantic - July / August 2018
    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.