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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 Southwest - July / August 2018

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.

Pre-Jobs:

Michels:

-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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  • 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.