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Blue Light Report - July / August 2018

Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798?  Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself.  Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least.  All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day.  We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.

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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.

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2018
    Do you remember the first time you stepped onto the ROW to work for Local 798?  Maybe it was your first job, or maybe you came from the non-union side with a leap of faith to better yourself.  Either way, it can be a little intimidating to say the least.  All of us, no mater how young or old, remember that first day.  We also remember the people who reached out to us to help us feel like we were in the right place, and everything was going to be ok.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2018
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, This year is meeting and possibly going to exceed all our expectations. Through April, we’ve already recorded over two million man-hours, and it looks like it’s only going to get better as the year progresses.  The work this year is taking place in some of the roughest terrains the United States has to offer, so remember to work safely.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2018
    The amount of work we are dealing with is joyfully amazing. We have 427 Helpers on the wheel. People at the top have only been there since March 21, 2018. We continue to call Helper members off the top, along with Journeymen and Welders.
  • Blue Light Report Mid Atlantic - July / August 2018
    The work season is off to a good start.  A lot of jobs are under way and several have yet to start, including the Rockford and Price Gregory spreads in NC on the Atlantic Coast job. These are 36” spreads that are going to need several UA members. If you are not working, I encourage you to get on the Out-of-Work List and be ready to go to work.