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Blue Light Report - July / August 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.

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Blue Light Report Texas - July / August 2018

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.

Pre-Jobs:

Geeding Construction:

-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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  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2019
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2019
    The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up.  We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2019
    401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.