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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 -May / June 2019

I have just returned home from Steward School.  It was great to see a lot of old friends and meet some new ones.

First, I would like to thank all the members and their wives who took their time and hard-earned money to come to Steward School to be a part of the greatest Union and Brotherhood in the world. Without the support of the membership, sponsors, participants, and all our Inside Guards, it would not be a success.

I would like to thank the retirees, the living and those deceased for all you have done for Local 798. Being able to retire one day and be honored at the 50-year banquet should be everyone’s ultimate goal.  The Ladies of 798 never cease to amaze everyone with their basket auction.  It was another huge success, thanks to everyone that participated.

Thanks to all our speakers and especially Jim Moss who always does a great job!  Thanks to the UA Pipeline Department Director David Barnett, Mike Mikich and Chad Gilbert, for all your help.  Ellen Boardman with the UA, and Beth Worrell with the PLCA, did a great job explaining the DOL regulations on per-diem and also helping with the NPLA.

Farron and everyone working at the 798 Training Center was on the ball.  The Lincoln Electric BBQ and Miller Crawfish & Shrimp Boil were great.  A special thanks to all our great sponsors!

And last but not least, Danny, Justin, Josalyn and the 798 staff did an excellent job putting together another great Steward School. Thanks for the countless hours and making it such a success. PIBF Director Renee Vause and staff put together a very informative presentation.

We are finally starting to pick up a little work in Texas; the job I spoke about in the last Blue Light is a reality.  Price Gregory has a contract for Exxon to lay 65 miles of 30” with the warehouse in Wink, TX.  I should be pre-jobbing in the next few days.  Rockford just signed a contract with Energy Transfer to lay 19.8 miles of 42” with the warehouse in Donie, TX, and should be pre-jobbing in the next few days.  I am headed to Denver City, TX, to pre-job with Hanging H.  They have signed a contract with Kinder Morgan for an Integrity Management & Fabrication job.

If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (918) 633-3435.  Always remember Brothers and Sisters, we are and always will be “The Best of The Best.”

Pre-Jobs:

Price Gregory:

- Conroe, TX.  Run procedures for the Exxon at RMS shop.  Job complete.

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    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.
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    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.