I am writing my report from home in Mancos, Colorado. I have just returned from the Front Range of Colorado where I spoke with a non-union contractor, Milestone, about signing our National Pipeline Agreement.
The conversation consisted of the president being concerned about the rules we follow in the NPLA. I tried my best to relay that the verbiage in the agreement is not only there for the members, but the contractor as well. I also relayed that with a contract brings structure to the jobsite and good hiring practices. Although we did not come to an agreement, we did leave the door open for additional talks. I have also seen a new contractor doing work in Colorado that is from Louisiana named KNL Construction. I am currently seeking a meeting with the owner but have not had a return call at this time. I will continue to seek out communication with the contractor in hopes of opening a dialog.
I do want to reiterate that if you are caught working non-union in the West, you will go in front of the Executive Board; no questions asked. With great Union jobs available, why someone would work non-union is beyond me. If you choose to do it, then send your book to the hall with a resignation letter. Working non-union and not filling the jobs on the Job Line is hurting our members, contractors and Union hall. There is no excuse.
The work in the West looks to be better than the last few years. We have opportunities for work throughout my jurisdiction this work season. As of now, we plan on doing work for Suncor, Xcel Energy and others. I will not go into details as some of the jobs are still out for bids, but the contractors are bidding multiple projects in Colorado and Wyoming. Hopefully, they will be successful. It’s a tough market in the West right now, but we will continue to fight for the work. I appreciate the members who live in my jurisdiction because they all support the effort to gain market share.
If you have not signed up on the action.local798.org web page, please do so immediately. We, as officers and agents, only ask for help from the members when we are not capable of doing a task alone. We are asking you to please sign up on the site to promote pipeline work and our Industry. The Action Network is a tool we can all use to help bring good paying jobs to our industry and promote strength in numbers in our Union. It’s not a lot to ask, and I hope each member will make it a priority. I plan on calling the members in my jurisdiction and sending personal emails to the ones who are not registered. I cannot express how important it is for all members to sign up. Please call, text, or email anytime if I can be of help.
-Del Norte, CO. 5.9 Miles of 6”, 8 miles of 4”, 1 Mile of 8”, 6 valve set upgrades, 8 farm taps, and 6 HDD for Xcel Energy. Steward: Jordan Lindsay. Working 5-10s. Integrity Agreement.
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If you have a job, hang onto it! It appears we have reached the point where most of our large projects are nearly fully manned. I believe we will have work through the fall of this year. However, it will not be at the rate we have experienced this summer.
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