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 and enjoying this new year.
Almost a year ago, President Trump signed two executive orders to expedite permitting of pipeline construction projects in the United States. This has been a great help in our industry and has finally produced results despite much opposition from the left. Permitting and overburdensome regulations have plagued our industry for years, even grinding it to a halt many times. Not to mention frivolous lawsuits and some biased judges willing to tie these projects up in court for months and even years, as in the case with the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.
The President has targeted over 90 burdensome environmental regulations that stand in the way of our ability to get jobs permitted and to provide for our families. Each one of us has witnessed firsthand how ridiculous and overbearing some of these regulations are. President Trump is moving forward with his ''America First Energy Plan.'' The administration estimates that deregulation will increase wages by $30 billion by 2024. This figure is based on the removal of the Obama administration’s “Climate Action Plan" alone. This plan and the Green New Deal that was introduced in the House but so far killed in the Senate, would be the end of our way of life, totally destroying our industry. Of course, it would never work because the technology is not there to replace all fossil fuels at this time, but nonetheless that has not stopped radical thinking politicians from pushing it forward. The cost of this fallacious idea would be astronomical, to say the least. Cost estimates for the Green New Deal range from $8.3 to $12.3 trillion dollars in the first nine years if implemented today. That would be $52k to $72K per household, not to mention the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry. Whether you buy into the whole climate change theory or not, the Green New Deal is not a feasible or realistic plan, and it’s certainly not economically sound. Besides that, what good would it do when the United States, as usual, would be the only country in the world that would adhere to it. It would be no different than all the other times the American industry has been plagued with high taxes and expensive regulations. They would move to another less restrictive country and take our jobs with them. It is time to say, “America First” and put the best interest of American workers at the forefront.
Please continue to support the Action Network. Get involved, sign petitions, make calls, write letters, whatever it takes. Urge your friends and relatives and anyone else who supports the oil and gas industry to get involved as well. Our voice must be louder than our opposition.
Steward School is right around the corner, and I hope everyone plans to attend. This is the best opportunity we have for fellowship with our Brothers and Sisters, to meet new people, and to visit with old friends. It is also the place to be to show your support for your local union and to learn and become more knowledgeable about our contract. It is your opportunity to ask questions and get clarity on anything you may not be clear to you regarding our local union. If you have thoughts or suggestions that you feel can help us in a positive way, this is the place to share them.
We belong to the best local union in the world, and there is a reason for that. Our members love this local. We aren't in it just for the paycheck. We carry this local in our hearts and our minds always. We stand together like no other, and we have each other’s backs in good and in lean times. Our solidarity is second to none, and we all share the same goals and the passion to make this local better every single day, keeping it the envy of all trades. George Meany once said, " The basic goal of labor will not change. It is, as it has always been, and I am sure always will be, to better the standards of decency and justice and dignity of all Americans." That will always be our goal, and we will stand up to any adversary together without any second thought. Anyone who thinks differently has seriously underestimated our will and the sheer determination we possess.If I can be of any help to anyone, please do not hesitate to call. I hope to see you in April at Steward School and the Regular Membership Meeting.
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.