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Blue Light Report - July / August 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.

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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 2019
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2019
    The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up.  We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2019
    401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.