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 struggle with my words today to communicate the value of your work and advocacy going forward. We have been blessed abundantly for the last ten years, and the work outlook remains robust, but there are demons at our door.
Companies and people, knowingly or unknowingly, are willing to destroy what we have as a union family. Daily they prostitute themselves to unscrupulous owners and contractors by accepting substandard wages, conditions, and little or no benefits. Slavery is alive and well in this industry, but it is not recognized by most. Slavery, in its simplest form, provided the slave with the very minimum of needs: food, clothing, and shelter. I would never try to trivialize slavery, but I am merely making a comparison.
Today we have non-union contractors who are paying less for workers than they did ten years ago. Yes, there are a few working from that side who have flourished, but they, too, are a slave to the contractor. The moment they project the belief that the workers need pay improvements, a structured workplace, and benefits, they will be cast out from their masters. You see, slaves were never meant to have a voice or a choice as to their labor conditions or living standards.
As a union family, we must continue to provide the most educated, best trained workforce, who arrive at our job sites every day committed to a solid work ethic to support our union contractors. They also see the demons at the door. We must support them with workers that are second to none. A professional attitude and aptitude are paramount as we continue to embrace our future.
As members of Pipeliners Local Union 798 we have a proud heritage of having no equal in this industry. We don’t just set the standard; WE EXCEED IT! I love this Local Union, and as long as I have a breath in my body, I will continue to fight for its future. But I need your help! Your officers and I surely cannot do this alone. What can you do, you say? The answer is simple: be the best, be a professional, and be a true and valued family member of this union. Regardless of your classification or your length of service, retirees included, we must strengthen our participation in our advocacy by using the Action Network. We have a huge voice, but some still neglect to harmonize with the others. Next, be an essential and vital part of your crew every day, from production to safety. There is no place in this Union for mediocracy; we can’t sell it, nor will it be anything of value.
The next few years will bring challenges to all of us, whether it is hanging off a mountainside, learning new welding techniques, or just living with the loneliness that sometimes creeps in as we ply our trade across this great nation. We will continue doing our part to provide security by building the conduits for energy resources.
The man-hour reports for July were just received and recorded at 1.58 million hours. There have only been two times in our 53-year history of collecting contributions when we exceeded this, and that was in September and October of 1968.
Last, but not least, remember that in unity there is strength. The most important job on the ROW is yours, PROTECT IT BY BEING THE VERY BEST AT IT. Always work collectively and union; the demon hates unity. As always, I am proud to say, “I work for you, the best pipeliners in the world.”
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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.