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.
I have just returned from the 2019 Steward School and would like to thank Danny, Justin, the office staff and the inside guards who worked behind the scenes to make the meeting a success.
The contract was openly discussed, and many questions were answered thus giving us a guideline to apply during the 2019 work season. The week wasn’t all business, the Ladies of 798 Basket Auction, Lincoln Electric BBQ and the Miller Electric Crawfish Boil were well attended, and all had fun. If you haven’t already, you should start making plans to attend the 2020 Steward School to see what you’re missing.
Work in my area has picked up significantly since my last Blue Light Report. I’ve pre-jobbed 35 jobs during that period. Most of these are small jobs, but the MVP should start hiring in the near future. The MVP work in West Virginia consists of approximately 76.2 miles of 42” new-lay. The Virginia work is behind due to permit issues pertaining to the Appalachian Trail and the Jefferson National Forest. Another issue includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreeing with the state on their water certification requirements. The work left in Virginia is approximately 43 miles of 42” new-lay.
The fight goes on with the environmentalists and leftist judges who continually attempt to throw up roadblocks. I will continue to do whatever I have to do to put our story out there. Hopefully, the membership will do their part by advocating for their jobs through the Action Network and attending public hearings related to these projects. The ACP is currently on hold, and our advocacy matters when the judges and politicians see that we are unemployed due to permits.
At the Virginia MVP Water Permit hearing, I had 30 members show up. We put a call and email blast out to 600 members and 30 attended. This is not going to get it. Those who attended the meeting will tell you that our presence helped turn the tide and influence a favorable decision. I’m scared to think what would have happened if we hadn’t been there. It’s time for us to step up our game!
There are two members in my area that have gone the extra mile in the advocacy department. Local 798 members Ted Dinch and Bub Jones have worked hand in hand with ACP by allowing them into their homes to film their stories and have even gone so far as to write articles in favor of ACP in their local papers. Their additional effort is not going unnoticed by Local 798 along with Dominion, and it has become vital in our efforts to get these projects back online. You can check out their stories on www.energysure.com.
In closing, I would like to recognize Cathy Blackmore for her 33 years of exemplary service to our Local. At Steward School, Danny made her an “Honorary Member,” a well- deserved distinction. Best wishes to Cathy as she plans to travel and enjoy the next chapter in her life.
- Salem, WV. 14,000’ of 16” and 11,000’ of 20” steel new-lay. Superintendent: Jeremy Phillips. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Mainline rates. Working 5-11s.
Alex E. Paris:
- Atlasburg, PA. Various blanket work 12”-20”. Superintendent: Andy Cilia. Welder Foreman: Bobby Bell. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
- Glen Dale, WV. 7.5 miles of 24” new-lay. Superintendent: Roman McKown. Welder Foreman: Josey Kirk. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
-Triadelphia, WV. 7.5 miles of 24” new-lay. Superintendent: Moe Riddle. Welder Foreman: Charlie Thomas. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
Blue Flame Pipeline:
- West Union, WV. 5 miles of 30”, 6 miles of 24”, 6 miles of 20” steel new-lay. Superintendent: Cliff Frymier. Welder Foreman: Matt Harris. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
- Burrillville, RI. 4” to 30” pipe replacements, modifications and digs in MA, RI and CT. Superintendent: Matthew Fernandes. Welder Foreman: Jeff Stockwell. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.
Cofano Energy Services:
- Bridgeport, WV. 7,700’ of 30” new-lay. Superintendent: Jeremy Duncan. Welder Foreman: Anthony Loggins. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Montville, CT. 3.3 miles of 12” and 9.9 miles of 16” street work, maintenance and fab. Superintendent: Michael Gaudette, Jr. Welder Foreman: Ken Jones. Mainline rates with Special Agreement fringes. Working 5-10s.
JL Allen Services:
- Cromwell, CT. Continuation of 2018 station upgrade. Superintendent: Shane Lawrence. Welder Foreman: Josh Coombs (LU 157). Mainline rates with Station Agreement fringes. Working 6-10s.
- Moundsville, WV. 17,200’ of 30” and 17,200’ of 36” longwall subsidence mitigation. Superintendent: Brian Smith. Welder Foreman: Shane Sheffield. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Huguenot, NY. 500’ of 36” tie-ins. Superintendent: Ronnie Michalkovich. Welder Foreman: Scotty Scott. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Mechanicsburg, PA. 56, 981’ of 16” steel bores, HDDs, open cuts, valve installs and hydro. Superintendent: Chad Ward. Welder Foreman: Andy Hunt. Mainline rates with Special Agreement fringes. Working 6-10s.
- Covington, PA. 11 miles of 16” and 10” steel gas line plus 5.3 miles of 10” steel water line. Superintendent: Dale Wix. Welder Foreman: Andy Davis. Mainline rates with Special Agreement fringes. Working 6-10s.
- Bridgeport, WV. 8.1 miles of 42” for MVP (Spread A). Superintendent: Brad Moser. Welder Foreman: Jimmy Dick. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Bridgeport, WV. Approximately 9 miles of 42” new lay for MVP (Spread B). Superintendent: Jim Cunningham. Welder Foreman: Dennis Jackson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Sutton, WV. Approximately 15.8 miles of 42” new lay for MVP (Spread C). Superintendent: Rick Swing. Welder Foreman: Raymond Johnson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Summersville, WV. Approximately 10 miles of 42” new lay for MVP (Spread D). Superintendent: Joe Parrish. Welder Foreman: Billy Hawkins. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Brownsville, PA. 4.8 miles of 16” new lay and hydro existing 16”. Superintendent: Lonnie Skadsem. Welder Foreman: Jerome Patten. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
Price Gregory International:
- Meshoppen, PA. ½ mile of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Jack Burch. Welder Foreman: Steve Yates. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
- Beckley, WV. 16 miles of 42” new lay for MVP (Spread F). Superintendent: Randy Mathis. Welder Foreman: Clark Eastwood. 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.