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Blue Light Report - January / February 2019

This year we will be celebrating our 70th Anniversary as a Local Union. We were chartered on November 21, 1949. I want to thank all our charter members and retired members that stuck together through good times and bad to ensure they achieved better working conditions, wages, healthcare, and a sustainable pension.

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Blue Light Report Midwest Region - November / December

The fourth quarter came in strong and will probably close out 2018 the same way. What a great year for the best pipeliners in the pipeline industry. Our 798 men and women are the best bang for the buck for the gas and oil companies to get it done right and on time. Several of the jobs in the Northeastern states will not finish until sometime next year.

In 2019, I expect the same amount of maintenance work as we have done this year in my area. PHMSA and DOT are cracking down on old pipelines to be upgraded or replaced. The granddaddy of them all, the Line 3 Replacement Enbridge project, 370 miles of 36” in Minnesota, will also be in 2019. The Line 3 battle for permits is over, and I have an email and an official follow-up letter from Enbridge saying they have an agreement with the Fon De Lac Nation for construction on their land. The letter also states an in-service date of December 2019 for Line 3.

 In early October, I will be in Nebraska attending the public comment meeting on the Keystone XL, Scoping of the ESI, for the approved reroute in Nebraska. The online comment period will go until November 8 and may be over when this Blue Light comes out. It will be on the Action Network after October 9, so help your Local and yourself by getting involved with the Action Network. Your job depends on getting permits, and this is an easy way to make things move in the right direction.

At this writing, I have 36 active jobs and have pre-jobbed over 90 jobs this year.  All are Integrity Maintenance Jobs. The future of 798 will be supported by this type of work so get your up-hill welding skills up-to-date for the future. Your Local is in great shape with our health care and pension so keep stacking it up for your future.

Thanks to all that have sacrificed your home life to pipeline on the road this season. Best wishes to you during the holiday season and be safe wherever you’re traveling. Always remember United We Stand and Divided We Fall.

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