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Blue Light Report - July / August 2018

Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798?  Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself.  Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least.  All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day.  We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.

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Blue Light Report Southeast - May June 2018

I am writing this report after returning from the 2018 Steward School in Tulsa, which was an amazing week of fellowship and information.  It was very refreshing to see all the new members and their families and have a chance to reconnect with old and dear friends.

Our Business Manager Danny Hendrix, Financial Secretary-Treasurer Justin Wallace, Office Manager Josalyn Johnson, and many others behind the scenes worked for months to ensure the success of our Steward School.  They deserve a big “Thank You” for all the long hours and preparation that it took to pull off this amazing event. 

Business Agent Black Schroeder spoke on R.O.W Etiquette, Recording Secretary Guy Williams spoke on Standard of Excellence, and President Preston Richard spoke about What our Work Consists of Outside the Pipe Gang and Firing Line.  These union leaders had a powerful message to share with the membership.  If you did not attend Steward School, get with someone who did and find out what is needed to continue to ensure the growth of our great Local.  Always remember that we set the bar of excellence, and each member should present themselves with that key fact in mind.

As you already know, this was my first Steward School as a Business Agent. I want to express my sincere appreciation for the warm reception I received with my new position and all the questions I received from the membership.  Words cannot describe the honor it is to represent my fellow Brothers and Sisters in this capacity.

Another very important topic this week was the 798 Action Network.  It is vital for our future that EVERY member participates.   Our action page is the best avenue to accomplish our goals. It is a way for legislators to hear our voice and understand the passion we have for the work we do.  As we all know, the “squeaky wheel gets the grease,” so let’s be louder than our opposition! 

I would like to take the time to acknowledge our Inside Guard, Chad Williams, and all the volunteers for Inside Guard.  They did a great job helping to keep everything running in an orderly and professional manner.  Also, thank you to Farron Hollabaugh, his staff, and the young men and women of the Welding School, who worked countless hours behind the scenes.

The work in the South is still abundant, unfortunately, we are still suffering from the lack of fair union contractors to cover the work load.  Union hands working non-union jobs is more detrimental than ever to our way of life.  I encourage and appreciate all the phone calls with information about what is going on in the South.  You are my eyes and ears and it is you that I serve.  I will continue to work diligently on your behalf to bring more union work to my jurisdiction.   I also want to remind you that during your travels, be cordial to all workers, union and non-union alike.  We are a brotherhood of excellence.  With that being said, we want to encourage non-union workers who have the skill set and fortitude to enjoy the benefits that we are so very blessed to have.  Reach out to others and help the continuous growth of this great Local.

Lastly, if you are having trouble contacting me, please call my cell number: (918) 991-5341.  As always, I look forward to hearing from you.  May God bless you and your families with a healthy and prosperous year.  And remember, there is Strength in numbers and Greater Strength in ORGANIZED numbers.

Pre-Jobs:

Rockford Corporation:

-Okeechobee, FL.  5.11 miles of 20”, fabrication and meter station.  Gas Company:  Nexterra, Superintendent:  Cole Henson, Welder Foreman:  Marty Elliot, Steward:  Basil Long, Approx. completion: unknown.

T.J. Construction, Inc:

-Fulton, MS. 2 miles of 4” main extension.  Gas Company:  City of Fulton, Mississippi, Superintendent:  Will Munsey, Steward:  Dustin Bilbrey, Approx. completion: Unknown.

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2018
    Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798?  Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself.  Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least.  All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day.  We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2018
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, This year is meeting and possibly going to exceed all our expectations. Through April, we’ve already recorded over two million man-hours, and it looks like it’s only going to get better as the year progresses.  The work this year is taking place in some of the roughest terrains the United States has to offer, so remember to work safely.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2018
    The amount of work we are dealing with is joyfully amazing. We have 427 Helpers on the wheel. People at the top have only been there since March 21, 2018. We continue to call Helper members off the top, along with Journeymen and Welders.
  • Blue Light Report Mid Atlantic - July / August 2018
    The work season is off to a good start.  A lot of jobs are under way and several have yet to start, including the Rockford and Price Gregory spreads in NC on the Atlantic Coast job. These are 36” spreads that are going to need several UA members. If you are not working, I encourage you to get on the Out-of-Work List and be ready to go to work.