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 would like to start by expressing my enthusiasm for the outstanding turnout for our January Regular Membership Meeting. It was truly overwhelming to see how many new members and first-timers that were in attendance. It is always a pleasure to meet new members and be able to listen to any concerns that you may have. All of you are our future, and our future is looking very bright.
Secondly, I know that most jobs have not kicked off yet but try to be patient. Work this year could be just as good, if not better than last year. Work in the South is still looking promising for mid-year. It appears that we finally have union contractors interested in the work going on in the South.
Please continue to be diligently participating on 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. As we all know, the “squeaky wheel gets the grease,” so let’s be louder than our opposition! Our Action Network has proven itself to be a valuable resource in letting our legislators know how passionate and dedicated we all are about the work that we do.
If you have not already made plans to attend this year’s Steward School, make those reservations now. It is the best chance for you to participate, learn important working details of this profession, and make valuable job contacts. To all our new members: 798 is a family and is family oriented, make plans to bring your family with you. There will be activities for them while you are attending the school. I look forward to seeing you and your family there.
In closing, remember that I am here to serve you, so do not hesitate to call me at 918-991-5341. God bless each one of you and God bless Local Union 798! And remember that there is always Strength in numbers and Greater Strength in ORGANIZED numbers.
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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.