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 hope everyone will arrange to attend the September Union Meeting. Remember this is an election year, and nominations will be accepted at this meeting. There will be many highly qualified members running for all the different offices, and it is up to the entire membership to participate in the voting process. The success of our great local depends on it!
Work is still slow in my jurisdiction, but I am diligently working to improve this situation. I have had the opportunity to speak with several contractors and hope to have them bid some upcoming work. I hope every member is taking advantage of all the Building Trades work that is available. If not, call dispatch, and see what is available.
Thanks again to all my fellow Brothers and Sisters who took the time to be my eyes and ears in my area. The information gained has been very valuable to our profession and is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, I am hearing about quite a few union hands working on nonunion jobs, and this is entirely UNACCEPTABLE! When you sign up with this local, you agree to a way of life that holds very high standards; a work ethic that is second to none; and loyalty to your fellow Brothers and Sisters of this local.
Every member is encouraged to continue to be actively involved with our Action Network. Your activity is an amazing way for our voices to be heard, and for our way of life to be recognized and valued. Please take the time to encourage all your family members to get involved also. There is always strength in numbers.
In closing, I want to wish each one of our member’s safe travels to and from their work locations. Remember I am here to serve YOU, so please feel free to call with any questions or concerns, 918-991-5341. God bless this great local, and God bless each one of you.
T.J. Construction, Inc.:
- Florence, AL. Maintenance and Fabrication on 8” and under. Gas Company: City of Pulaski. Job Steward: Dustin Bilbrey. Special agreement rates.
Wayne Holden & Company, Inc.:
- Plain Dealing, LA. 24,000’ of 6” steel pipe. Gas Company: CenterPoint Energy. Welder Foreman: Curtis Mason. Steward: Jeremy Ryan. Special agreement rates.
Appalachian Pipeline Contractors, LLP:
- Okahumpka, FL. Meter Station work. Gas Company: City of Leesburg. Steward: Kerry Lobell. Special agreement rates.
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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.