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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 Southwest - November / December 2019

By the time you read this report, I hope that construction on the Cheyenne Connector project will be underway. Since my last report, we were waiting on a decision from FERC to grant a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

It was passed by a 2-1 vote in the last commission meeting on September 19. My last follow-up found that FERC had a few questions, and if they are answered in a timely manner, everything should be moving forward. Just a reminder, this is a Market Recovery job. Market Recovery is being utilized in areas where we have lost a strong foothold on the work. For Market Recovery to be successful, we must show up to these jobs with a positive attitude and show that we are more qualified and more productive.  

I believe I still have a few smaller projects coming up in my jurisdiction. I have been working on getting contractors to bid work in New Mexico, particularly the Permian Basin. I believe once we have a contractor or two in the area, we can be competitive. I am fairly certain it will take Market Recovery wages to do so. Our contractors must compete with outfits that have been bedded down for years and have hands that are willing to work for sub-standard wages and no benefits. I’ve had some contractors bidding work in Nevada also. However, the Cheyenne Connector is going to be the only project I see coming up that will pull members from the wheel.  

As a reminder, we do have another election coming up.  You should have your ballots by the time you read this report.  Voting is our voice, and to make your voice heard, fill it out and send it in. If you are unfamiliar with the candidates, talk to someone you trust that may know so you can make informed decisions. In closing, I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. As always, “Work Safe and Work Union. 

Pre-Jobs.  

Michels Pipeline: 

-Casper, WY. Install metering and sampling equipment and piping for new Lateral for Enbridge. Superintendent: Matt Ross. Welder Foreman: Joel Mills. Station agreement paying high scale. 

6-10s. Approx. completion 11-20-19. 

-Sheridan, WY. 1,800’ 8” directional drills for Phillips 66. Superintendent: Ray Healy. Integrity Maintenance. 90% Rates. Approx. completion 9-13-19. 

Hanging H Companies, LLC: 

- Evanston, WY. 43, 20” Anomaly digs for Dominion Questar. Superintendent: Rick Melroy. Welder Foreman: Eddie Gumpert. Integrity Maintenance working 6-10s. Approx. completion 11-1-19. 

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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.