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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 Texas - January / February 2020

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It looks like 2020 will be more prosperous than last year, or at least we can cross our fingers and pray that it is. As far as work went, 2019 was a rollercoaster year.

Many members thought they had job security for several years, but due to the power of the extreme environmentalists, jobs were shut down and postponed. The real union Brothers and Sisters went out and helped man the building trades work that our sister locals could not, and a lot of them did other things to feed their families that was not the work of the United Association.  I want to say to those 798 members, you are the real backbone in this union. You are the heroes of Local 798, and you sacrificed for something you believed in. To you, it’s a career, not just another way to get a paycheck. We have some union impersonators out there helping the nonunion contractors stay in business and taking work from our fair contractors. Hopefully, when the work starts, our Welder Foremen will look hard at who they hire and let all those impersonators stay right where they are and where they belong.  

I want to take the opportunity to thank every 798 member that helped man the jobs in Texas. The union work has been very slow for the last couple of years, and it had gotten to the point that our contractors were not even bidding on projects. With the Market Recovery, we have completed several jobs, and our contractors are bidding numerous projects in the South. Rockford picked up Spread 4 and Spread 7 for Enterprise, and we should be pre-jobbing 17 miles of 30” in El Paso sometime after the first of the year.  The pipe will be laid out on the Precision job by mid-December, with nothing but tie-ins and testing left.  Price Gregory will be completed around mid-December.

Hopefully, by the time you read this Blue Light, I will have pre-jobbed some of this big work. The work will start in early 2020.  If I can be of assistance to anyone, please do not hesitate to contact me (918) 633-3435. Thanks again to everyone for all the thoughts and prayers. May God Bless.

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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.