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.
I write this report after returning from the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. The reason the membership and I went to the capitol involved anti-Mountain Valley Pipeline House Bills 643, 644, and 646. These bills aim to threaten our livelihood and make it harder to build infrastructure in Virginia going forward.
Some of the details of the bills include more stringent oversight on pipelines 24” and above, as opposed to the current agreement that puts special provisions on 36” and above. The bills would also give the VA Water Board the power to shut down a project from an office building instead of the VA Department of Environmental Quality inspecting environmental issues that arise.
Bills like these have become the norm in the Northeast, and we must continue to fight these bills by getting involved in the legislative process. I personally thank Matt Harris, Casey Jones, Jamie Goodman, Bill Lemon, Travis Payne, Jeremy Peters, Chad Thomas, Cade Thomas, and Tim Whipkey for attending the subcommittee and full committee hearings that started at 7 a.m. and ended at 11 a.m. Even though the bills made it out of the committees and will now be heard on the House floor, the Subcommittee Chair Delegate Kathy Tran came down and shook our hands, thanked us for attending, and recognized that these are tough issues we are dealing with these days. We lost this battle, but there will be more to come, and I’m thankful that I have members who are willing to do what it takes to continue the fight for our industry.
The work is starting to move a bit in my jurisdiction. I recently pre-jobbed three Mariner East jobs that were previously shut down, and I pre-jobbed 7.5 miles of 42” in Catlett, Virginia. The work is definitely not at 2018 levels, but at least it’s starting to pick up some. I will continue to watch and advocate for the MVP and ACP because if both jobs begin, they will be good jobs, but they will be under the microscope environmentally. Supposedly MVP will do some work this April, and we won’t know about the ACP’s Supreme Court ruling until Spring 2020.
The 2020 Steward School is right around the corner. I want to encourage everyone to attend, and I am looking forward to seeing everyone.
Ace Pipeline, Inc.:
- Salem, WV. 12,600’ of 20” new lay. Superintendent: Jeremy Phillips. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s and 1-8.
Alex E. Paris Contracting Co., Inc.:
- Sistersville, WV. 3,900’ of 20” new lay. Superintendent: Dave Duncan. Welder Foreman: Logan Hopkins. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
- Washington, PA. 2,900’ of 12” new lay. Superintendent: Andy Cilia. Welder Foreman: Bobby Bell. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
Apex Pipeline Services, Inc.:
- Triadelphia, WV. Install 20” meter skid and associated piping. Superintendent: Eric Creel. Welder Foreman: Jason Smith. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
Appellation Construction Services, LLC:
- Ellicott City, MD. 2”, 8”, and 30” pipe work on launcher barrel. Superintendent: Tim Teribury. Welder Foreman: Nat Hasara. Integrity rates. Working 6-10s.
Bond Civil and Utility Construction:
- Burrillville, RI. 2” to 16” Pascoag, RI, compressor station maintenance. Superintendent: Michael Moore. Welder Foreman: Jeff Stockwell. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
- Hollidaysburg, PA. 16” HDD support, tie-ins, road bores, and testing. Superintendent: Ryan Dehn. Welder Foreman: Mike Guillory. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
Otis Eastern Service, Inc.:
- Lower Mifflin Township, PA. Anomaly digs and repairs in Perry and Juniata counties. Superintendent: Brad Joyce. Welder Foreman: Billy Dufford. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Mechanicsburg, PA. 16” HDDs, tie-ins, and testing (7.35 miles of pipe). Superintendent: Chad Ward. Welder Foreman: Andy Hunt. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Catlett, VA. 7.59 miles of 42” plus fab. Superintendent: Cole Henson. Welder Foreman: Marty Elliott. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
US Trinity Energy Labor Services, LLC:
- Blairsville, PA. Continuation of ME 2 16” HDDs. Superintendent: Bud Mathis. Welder Foreman: Eddie Chastain. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Louisa, VA. Remove and re-install 24” witch’s hat. Superintendent: Sean Wilster. Welder Foreman: Ryan Brady. Station rates. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
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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.