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 Steward School is right around the corner, and I would like to encourage all members to attend. Steward School is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. Most importantly, the contract will be read and interpreted so that we can all be on the same page heading into the 2019 work season. If you plan on taking responsibility or are currently in a leadership role, you should attend Steward School to better yourself, the contractors and the Local.
The upcoming work outlook is not clear at this time. Two of the major Northeast projects (ACP and MVP) are currently held up in court. I’m frequently asked about when these projects will get moving again. My best answer is that when the courts decide to approve the permits is when the projects will start moving. 2019 could be a banner year or a mediocre year. It all hinges on the courts and the permit approval system.
An environmental protester once said to me, “You will get your permits, but we will slow you down.” They are slowing us down and have been quite successful. That’s why we need to voice our opinions and fight for our jobs every opportunity we get, whether it be on the Action Network, writing Congress or attending town hall meetings. Our industry is under attack, and it’s up to us fight back any way we can.
I would like to close by congratulating Chad Gilbert on his appointment as Special Representative to the UA Pipeline Department. Over the last three years, I have had the pleasure to get to know Chad on both a personal and professional level. His dedication to our Local and the UA can never be questioned, and I feel that the UA picked the perfect guy to represent us. God bless you, Chad, and good luck with your future endeavors.
- Buckhannon, WV. 1 mile of 42” and tie-in completion. Superintendent: Mike Ford. Welder Foreman: Shannon Jackson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Mount Morris, PA. 44 miles of 30” new-lay (Hammerhead Project). Superintendent: Kirk Baker. Welder Foreman: Brian Anderson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Burgettstown, PA. 97 miles of 10, 12, and 16” new-lay (Falcon Project). Superintendent: Mike Buric. Welder Foreman: Brian Fox. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Burgettstown, PA. Additional 4.5 miles of 20” and 1,500’ of 12” new-lay. Superintendent: Perry Rogers. Welder Foreman: Eric Raymond. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
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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.