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Blue Light Report - January / February 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Merry Christmas. As seasons go, to me, winter is a time for reflection and a time to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer.

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Blue Light Report Organizer Update - November / December 2019

hope this report finds everyone doing well. It was nice visiting with members during the September meeting, where we had nominations for officers for the upcoming election. I would like to congratulate all the candidates and wish each of you good luck in your endeavors. There is no greater honor than serving the members of this great local union.  

I have been spending a lot of time recently in central, south, and west Texas, checking on work in various areas. Several gas companies have contacted me, and some have shown an interest in using union labor for their projects. Hopefully, some of these will see the benefits of using a signatory contractor so their jobs can be the most productive and of the highest quality offered. It’s a well-known fact that our contractors provide all this and more. Organization and structure are of the utmost importance to finish a project safely and on time. When you couple that with the skill and devotion of Local 798 Pipeliners, there can never be any competition. Those are the qualities that will ensure that we continue to recover market share. Always remember when you go to a job, you aren’t just representing yourself but also Local 798.  Be the best of the best to help our contractors be competitive against the nonunion sector. 

There are still a lot of people willing to sell their labor for substandard wages with no benefits, and that creates a huge problem. As long as some people do this, there will always be a struggle. Hopefully, a lot of these people wake up soon and realize they should be paid a fair wage. Some are simply uninformed about the benefits of union labor. Others fall prey to rumors and false statements or propaganda designed to turn them away from what would benefit them. Each of us should try in every way possible to explain to these unorganized workers not only the benefits of organized labor to themselves but our craft as a whole. It’s much bigger than any one of us, and we should all endeavor to promote unionism and prosperity for all workers. 

 We can somewhat understand the mindset of the unorganized, basically because they are uneducated about the benefits of unionism. The puzzling part is when a person who has been organized and knows all these things turns their back on it to help the very people we struggle against. To me, there is nothing worse than going out and helping a nonunion company conduct business in direct competition to us. There is no excuse for this. Hopefully, anyone who has done this or is doing it now will have a change of heart and realize the damage they are inflicting 

If anyone has information concerning nonunion jobs or any union members that have elected to help the competition, please let me know. This cannot be tolerated. Not only have they turned their backs on everything we believe in, but they have broken their pledge to each one of us.  

I’m hoping to see a big turnout for the December meeting and look forward to visiting with all of you. If I can be of any help to anyone, please don’t hesitate to call any time. I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.  


Ronnie M. Hill 

(918) 284-6862