Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
By the time you read this report, the Rockford job in Donie, Texas, will be very close to complete, and the pipe will be laid out on the Price Gregory spread in Wink. I want to thank every UA Member that helped handle the work in Texas and for the great craftsmanship and unionism portrayed here.
We all know the cost of living in West Texas is ridiculous. All the hands working on the Market Recovery had to sacrifice. I just recently visited the jobs in Texas, and everyone was glad to be able to help. It was the most harmony I have seen in a long time. You hear it more and more every day, the gas companies talking about the shoddy work going on in Texas. If everyone keeps doing what you know how to do, we will get the work.
There’s a good chance Precision picked up one spread, maybe two, of the ETC Lone Star Express II, 24” line from Midland to Fort Worth, Texas, with the possibility to start sometime in October. Rumors are the Exxon/Plains 36” from Wink to Webster is going back out for bid, and Enterprise will be taking the project over. There are still several projects up for grabs in Texas.
We are still getting calls about 798 members working nonunion. If you are one of them, you are playing Russian Roulette with your career. It’s not a question of if you are going to get caught, it’s when! Keep checking your mailbox, you might be one that already has! It is not fair to our contractors that are bidding the work in Texas for union members to go out and help the nonunion. You are not getting paid fair wages. You have no working conditions, and they won’t do anything about it. You won’t even make them furnish your gloves, which is an OSHA requirement. As long as the nonunion keep getting qualified welders that are cheap, we probably won’t get much work. When you want to blame someone because there is no work in the south, look in the mirror.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the September meeting. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (918) 633-3435. Never forget, we are and always will be “THE BEST OF THE BEST.”
Geeding Construction, Inc.:
- Grapevine, TX. 12” Relocation for Explorer Pipeline. Superintendent: Dwight Orf. Welder Foreman: Joy Compton. Working 6-10s. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 8-20-19.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds you well. At the time of this writing, the National Pipeline Agreement is finalized. I won’t go into great detail here, but by the time this report reaches you, the contract will be posted on our website and mailed to every member.
First, I would like to mention how the new NPLA will affect calculating hours in regard to waiting time. If benefits are not paid on those hours, they will not be counted toward your 300 hours. Please be aware, you could arrive at 299.5 hours and retain your spot on the Out-of-Work List. Remember, you are guaranteed 300 hours of National Agreement work per Out-of-Work Date.
MDLIVE - Virtual Medical Visit Option The MDLIVE program launched May 1, 2020. Hopefully, you have all registered and set up a profile for you and your dependents to use should you need the service. It is a great idea to do this in advance of your first virtual visit.