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Blue Light Report - July / August 2020

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.

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Blue Light Report Texas - November / December

We have just attended the UA Officers Seminar in Denver, CO. General President McManus, his officers, and staff put together another very informative and educating seminar. The apprentices that attended, especially the ones that spoke the final day, were very impressive.

Thank you all for a great job and special thanks to the host locals in Denver, Pipefitters Local 208 and Plumbers Local 3, for the hospitality.

There will be an astronomical amount of Big Inch work in Texas going out for bid in the next two years.  Hopefully, we can be competitive enough in the bidding process to pick up a fair share of it. There are also numerous small projects all over the state.

Three proposed LNG export terminals, planned to be built in Brownsville, Texas, will have large diameter pipelines feeding them - Rio Grande LNG, Texas LNG, and the Annova LNG Brownsville Project.

Then there is the Port Arthur LNG that has several big-inch pipelines feeding it. ONEOK, Kinder Morgan, and Driftwood all have some large projects coming up in the next two years. I am trying to be optimistic about getting some of this work.  Some of our contractors have told me they are serious about wanting to get it. Everyone is telling the same story; the work is cheap, even the non-union contractors I talk to are saying this.

It looks like a lot of jobs will continue through the winter. Those of you working in the mountains and hills, try to be extra careful and please work safely.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone that can make it to the December meeting. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2020
    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.    
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2020
    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.