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 each of you enjoyed a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
As we move into a new work year, hopefully, permits will be approved, and we move forward without obstacles. As always, it’s very important for us to stay engaged, whether it be through town hall meetings, the Action Network, or our everyday lives, in general.
Our environmental opposition has cost us many man-hours, but I hope we will prevail in the long run. These radical environmentalists try to portray us in an awful light, and it’s up to us to prove them wrong. Not only are we the best pipeliners in the world, but we are upstanding citizens and hard-working men and women who are out to provide for our families. We provide a professional service to the clients, and we put many dollars into the local economy where we work. Everything we do and say is under the microscope by our opposition. They lie and wait to use any, and all, negative news they can.
We must be cautious with our actions, especially on social media. Social media is a fantastic tool, but it is also a double-edged sword. Anything posted online is for all the world to see, and what may start as a harmless joke can be twisted and turned into something it was never meant to be. Not only should we be mindful of job-related issues, but also union business. Our business is ours, and nobody else’s. We have an avenue to discuss union business, and it’s not on social media. If you have an issue on a job, go to the Welder Foreman first. If it’s not resolved, then the Steward is the next step. And after that, the Business Agent for the area you are working in. For other business, it’s at the union meeting where all people in attendance have been examined as to be in good standing and eligible to be there, and the doors are locked to any outsider. Anything other than that is unacceptable.
We all made a pledge never to perform any act that is prejudicial to the best interest of the United Association. We also pledge to at all times endeavor to promote its prosperity and usefulness, to remain loyal and true to the principles and policies, and to be governed by the Constitution, By Laws, and Ritual of the United Association. Also, in our pledge, we swore to assist all members to the best of our ability and to defend them when unjustly treated or slandered. All members should, at all times, treat their Brothers and Sisters with the same respect that they wish to be treated themselves. We should never discuss our business on social media under any circumstances, and especially in groups with other crafts and even nonunion people. We are professionals, and we owe our local union and our fellow members more respect than that.
It seems that our contractors are starting to pick up some jobs in the South and Southwest, and that is a great sign. Hopefully, we can get more work in these areas in the future. It’s very important that we never go out and help these nonunion contractors compete against us.
I wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2020 work year, and if I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to call.
Ronnie M. Hill
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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.