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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 - March / April 2020

I want to congratulate Danny and Justin for their re-election, as well as the rest of the officers that were elected and re-elected. It’s very good to know Local 798 has excellent leadership for the next three years.

With the Market Recovery in play, we are picking up a few jobs in Texas. It is not what I expected, but we will take what we can get. There are a lot of projects being bid as we speak, and a lot more to be bid in the next few years. Some are very large. One is the Permian Global Access Pipeline, which is a 42” mainline that runs from the Permian Basin to southwest Louisiana. If you are not signed up as an advocate on the Action Network, please do so immediately and sign the petition for this project. Your future depends on it.

I want to emphasize this again.  If you are working for a non-signatory contractor that is performing UA work according to the UA Constitution, you are subject to a fine, expulsion, or both. UA work is defined as a pipe that product or water runs through. There are no exceptions to the rules; any UA Brother or Sister has the right to file charges if you are seen. I hope that clears things up!

I look forward to seeing everyone at Steward School. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (918) 633-3435. Please leave a message if you are unable to reach me.

Pre-Jobs:

Michels Pipeline:

- Houston, TX. Run welding procedures at CRC for Exxon Mobil. Superintendent: Buddy Kervin. Welder Foreman: Lee Allen. Job complete.

Precision Pipeline:

- Houston, TX. Run welding procedures at CRC for Enbridge Line 3 Replacement. Superintendent & Welder Foreman: Jimmy Dick. Job complete.

United Piping, Inc.:

- Houston, TX. Run welding procedures at CRC for Enbridge 20” HDD. Superintendent: Mark Thomson. Welder Forman: Doug Winter. Job complete.

Rockford Corporation:

- Rosharon, TX. 56.2 miles of 36” Mainline (Spread 7) for Enterprise Products. Superintendent: Dicky Langston. Welder Foreman: Rodney Talbott. Working 6-10s. Market Recovery. Approx. completion 6-30-20.

 - Burnet, TX. 77.9 miles of 36” Mainline (Spread 4) for Enterprise Products. Superintendent: Kevlin Shaw. Welder Foreman: Jesse Davis. Working 6-10s. Market Recovery. Approx. completion 7-30-20.

- El Paso, TX. 17.3 miles of 30” Mainline for El Paso Natural Gas (Kinder Morgan). Superintendent: Johnny Kroner. Welder Foreman: Kent Jewell. Working 6-10s. Market Recovery. Approx. completion 5-5-20.

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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.