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.
I have just returned from CRC in Houston, visiting the hands working for Price Gregory and Michels Pipeline. They are running procedures for Enterprise and Exxon Mobil. The word I got at CRC is that we have several contractors bidding the 600 miles of 36” for Enterprise in Texas that runs from Wink to Webster. There are seven spreads being bid, and they want to start in November. Hopefully, by the time you read this report, we will know if our contractors have been successful or not.
Most of the jobs in Texas are starting to wind down, and some are already complete. Michels picked up some directional drills around Houston, Texas, but at this time, I do not have a starting date. Rumors are going around about several other jobs that have gone to fair contractors, possibly starting sometime in January.
Again, my wife and I would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to all our 798 family, UA family, and our friends for the phone calls, text, cards, and most importantly all the prayers. Tuffy is on the road to recovery, and we are making forward steps every day that are all positive. We still have a long, hard road ahead of us, but with the help and love of the Lord and all of you, we are going to beat this. There are a lot of phone calls I never got a chance to return, and I do apologize. If you are trying to reach me, please leave a message or text me, I will get in touch with you as soon as I can. My cell phone number is 918-633-3435.
This is the last Blue Light report in 2019, so I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May GOD BLESS!
Price Gregory International:
- CRC Houston, TX. Run procedures for Enterprise Pipeline. Superintendent: Kirk Kirkland. Welder Foreman: Jamie Hankins. Working 6-10s. Mainline rates. Job complete.
- Hico, TX. 88.5 miles of 24” Mainline for Energy Transfer (Lonestar Express II). Superintendent: Kevin Olerud. Welder Forman: Tim Gintz. Working 6-10s. Market Recovery Target Project. Started 9-23-19. Completion 12-25-19.
- CRC Houston, TX. Run procedures for Exxon Mobil HDD drills. Superintendent: Buddy Kevin. Welder Foreman: Lee Allen. Working 6-10s. Market Recovery Target Project. Started 9-16-19. Completion: 10-5-19.
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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.
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.
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.
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.