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.
Brothers and Sisters, hopefully by the time you read this report, some of the bigger jobs in my jurisdiction will be starting to man up. The 36-inch in Colorado should be in full swing sometime in July.
Our new contractor, Q&D Construction, is also making headway and has been successful in securing work in Nevada for NV Energy. They have also been looking at work in Colorado and Wyoming. As I wrote in my last report, these smaller contractors are crucial in securing the market of small diameter pipeline and maintenance work. A lot of my work this year has been maintenance and integrity work, a 10% cut seems like a lot, but when you are not taxed as much, the money difference isn’t substantial.
Briefly, I would like to touch on the Market Recovery Strategy. The Hanging H jobs in Colorado fall under that, and I believe there is a good chance I may start seeing more jobs that may be candidates for Market Recovery. Williams has several projects in Colorado that we have not been able to compete on, and I hope that we can edge our way back in and show the gas companies what we are capable of doing. Right now, we do not have control of the market out west, like in other areas of the country. The idea is for our contractors to get in, do a great job, and have a better chance of securing more work. Once we have some kind of stronghold in an area, I hope to see the wages come back up. Everyone must be vigilant in showing what 798 has to offer these gas companies. We cannot expect to make more money and not be the best in the industry.
In closing, I have still been diligent in the organizing department. If you see something that needs to be addressed in my area or know someone working for a non-union contractor that may be able to help sign them, don’t hesitate to call me. I will follow most leads if it can create work for the membership. As always, Work Safe and Work Union.
- Glen Rock, WY. 35 miles of 12”, Special Agreement paying 90% Rates. Welder Foreman: Patrick Kingsland. Superintendent: Brandon Duffy. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8-31-19.
- Reno, NV. Blanket Maintenance and Integrity work for NV Energy. Welder Foreman: Tim Oney. Superintendent: Brian Graham. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 12-1-19.
- Rifle, CO. 2.4 miles of 14” replacement. Welder Foreman: Edward Gumpert. Superintendent: Rick Melroy. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-15-19.
- Henderson, CO. Blanket Maintenance and Integrity work for Excel Energy. Welder Foreman: James Hendricks. Superintendent: Keith Maxwell. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 12-31-19.
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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.