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Blue Light Report - January / February 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Merry Christmas. As seasons go, to me, winter is a time for reflection and a time to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer.

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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.