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.
The work is just about in full swing all over the country, but we just got more bad news in Texas. The eight spreads of 24” for Enterprise that run from Pecos to Mount Belvieu, TX, were just let all non-union. Our contractors bid this project at the low scale wages, fringes and warehouse limit. The construction starting date was July.
Brothers and Sisters, I guess if you want to work in this cheap state we could all agree to work for FOOD and FUEL. We could possibly pick up some other projects that are being bid on, but most likely it would be winter work.
The PLCA and the four union crafts recently hosted the very first Tripartite Meeting in Houston, TX, and it wrapped up in Crosby the following day at the new IUOE Training Center. The UA was well represented at the event with General President Mark McManus and Assistant General President Mike Pleasant. In attendance also was UA Pipeline Director David Barnett, International Representative Corby Shelton, and Special Representative Mike Mikich. Business Manager Danny Hendrix, Training Director Farron Hollabaugh, and I represented Local 798. David Barnett spoke at the meeting and did an excellent job, along with the rest of the speakers.
I would like to thank our clients, the oil and gas companies, that were in attendance. They had over 30 representatives at the event. Our four unions had the opportunity at a state-of-the-art training center to showcase what we have and what we are about. I would also like to say thanks to Farron Hollabaugh and the Dickerson family - David, David (Cy), Kristina, and Cash - for their part in the training showcase. Any UA member would be proud of the way they represented the UA and Local 798. Thanks to Beth Worrell, managing director of the PLCA, for putting this all together, and all the contractors and their representatives for attending. This could very well be the future for the pipeline industry. Thanks to Bob Wilds, pipeline director for the IUOE, and all the IUOE for the hospitality. You’ve got an impressive facility!
If you have not joined the ACTION NETWORK, STOP right now and go do it! It’s all about you!
It’s going to be very dangerous in those mountains of West Virginia; everyone please work safe. And, if I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
-Sour Lake, TX, Drumright, OK & Houston, TX. Fabricate & Install Piping and Pipe Supports for TransCanada. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Steward: Richard Hayes, Jr. Started 5-11-18. Approx. Completion 6-16-18.
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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.