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Blue Light Report - May / June 2020

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.

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Blue Light Report Southeast - July / August 2018

I am writing this report while on the road doing a few job visits.  By the time you read this report, everyone who wants to work should be on a job somewhere. Hopefully, everyone arrived at their destinations safely and is settling down in their new locations.

I have heard several complaints about the number of books being sold.  A friendly reminder about our contract - we are required to man our work. That means every time a member passes up the opportunity to take a job, there is a non-book hand waiting to take advantage of the situation.  And for them, we are grateful and look forward to them becoming part of our 798 family.

Please take the time to advocate for our work by signing in and participating in the Action Network. There is an EXTREMELY long list of members in my jurisdiction who are not participating.  Now that I have the list, don’t be surprised when you receive a phone call from me. We must be diligent in our pursuit of future work opportunities.

In closing, remember that I am here to serve you, so do not hesitate to call. God bless each and every one of you, and God bless this great Local.

Pre-Jobs:

Wayne Holden & Co., Inc.:

-Morton, MS.  14,000’ of 8” steel; Main Installation for Centerpoint Energy.  Superintendent: Stanley Eaves.  Welder Foreman: David Hickman.  Steward: James Hathorn.  Approx. Completion: 7-4-18.

Foltz Welding:

-Colia, MS.  Take up 120’ of 24” for Marathon Pipeline.  Superintendent: Jeff Huffman.  Welder Foreman: Kenneth Ochs.  Steward: Glen Sharp.  Approx. Completion: 6-20-18

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  • Blue Light Report - May / June 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - May / June 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - May / June 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - May / June 2020
    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.