• Bluelight Northeast - Mar/Apr 2017
    I am writing this Blue Light report after returning from the 2017 Marcellus-Utica Conference. This year’s conference had a more positive atmosphere due to expected deregulation of the current permitting process. During the conference I listened to gas company CEOs speak about how great the demand is for Northeast Marcellus gas. When there is demand, you need supply, and that is where 798 steps in. The pipelines we build supply the gas needed as our country continues to grow and inevitably demands more energy. There are quite a few projects scheduled for this year, and in 2018 that will help with the supply vs. demand issue that we currently face.
  • Bluelight Southwest - Mar/Apr 2017
    I am writing my report from my office in Colorado where we have had a hard winter this year. Spring is starting to try to peak through, and we are all ready to get the year started off right by attending the Local Union 798 Steward School in Tulsa, OK.
  • Bluelight Midwest - Mar/Apr 2017
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, President Trump has been busy his first week on the job. Just as he promised on the campaign trail, he has pushed for the construction to finish on the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL. I’m not sure when we might see the KXL, but I feel fairly confident that the DAPL will be tied-in at the river before long. Many people, including myself, are wondering about the future pipeline permits now that FERC has only two commissioners. This board usually requires three members for a quorum to make decisions, so moving forward this board needs at least one appointment to fulfill its obligation. Even if an appointment is made, that person would have to be vetted through the Senate, which could take weeks or months. Who knows? At least six major projects totaling more than 10 billion dollars hang in the balance. This includes the Nexus, 250 miles of 36”/42”; PennEast,120 miles of 36”; and Northern Access Pipeline, 97 miles of 24”. Ten billion dollars worth of work is the exact reason we must continue to reach out through our Action Page to advocate for this infrastructure.
  • Bluelight Texas - Mar/Apr 2017
    Brothers and Sisters, I am writing this report from West Texas while checking on non-union jobs. The work out here is still slow, but a few smaller jobs are going on. It seems the drilling is starting to pick up in this area so that’s always a good sign for us. As usual, when the work slows the non-union waste no time slashing wages and good conditions are nonexistent. Many are working for contract wages with no overtime, furnishing consumables or liability insurance.
  • Bluelight Dispatch - Mar/Apr 2017
    March is here! I sincerely hope I am sending out Welders, Journeymen and Helpers in large numbers soon after you get this report. We have no guarantees at this point, but it appears permitting jobs may get easier. Job notifications, followed by Pre-Jobs, will be flowing into the dispatch office soon.
  • Bluelight Mid Atlantic - Mar/Apr 2017
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope everyone has had a good holiday season and is ready for the work year. I have pre-jobbed a few jobs in NC and have several good jobs coming up. It looks like we are going to have a great year. I encourage anyone needing to brush up on their welding skills to take advantage of the Training Center so you will be ready for this work season.
  • Bluelight Report - Mar/Apr 17
    What a difference a year can make. I always review previous Blue Light Reports before I begin my new remarks, and I was truly amazed by all the issues and projects that have taken place these past few months. Who would have thought a brash businessman from New York could have connected with middle-class America and be voted in as President? Whether you like President Trump or hate him, I believe it is imperative we support this new leadership. I truly believe he will enact and push through policies that will help lead this nation away from dependence on foreign oil and promote a more energy-friendly environment. This is already evident in the executive orders to complete the Dakota Access and renew the Keystone Pipeline. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for our new General President Mark McManus; he represented the United Association with class and dignity during his recent visit to the White House and his appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews. These are exciting times for our Local, and I feel like it is a turning point for organized labor in general. I believe we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor, and I appreciate our members for all their hard work and dedication to our craft.
  • bluelight Texas 2 - Mar/Apr 2017
    I hope everyone has prepared to attend this year’s Steward School. It will be a week packed with activities! We start with the Charity Golf Tournament and the Lincoln Electric BBQ. There will be lots of guest speakers in the main sessions, and we will be going over the contract to help our membership understand it. The Ladies of 798 annual basket auction and the Retirees Banquet are always special events to attend. Miller Electric will host a crawfish and shrimp boil at noon Friday, and then we will end with the April Regular Membership Meeting on Friday night. There will be lots of fun and fellowship, plus education and a perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends while making new ones.
  • Bluelight Northeast 2 - Mar/Apr 2017
    David Butterworth and I will be traveling to New York to attend various meetings for the Northern Access Pipeline Project. The Northern Access consists of 97 miles of 24” pipeline, new lay in northern Pennsylvania and New York. These meetings are going to play a big part in the way pipelines are being permitted and looked at on a government and environmental level. If you receive a call blast to attend these meetings, do your best to attend. It will make a big difference in permitting these projects. The Rover Pipeline and the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline have received FERC approval, which means these projects should be starting up by early summer. The Mariner East (Sunoco) Pipeline should also be getting underway soon. Smaller projects are starting to pick up around the Northeast, and there should be a good amount of maintenance work to come. I hope everyone has a good 2017.
  • Bluelight Southeast - Mar/Apr 2017
    Wow! What a winter this has been. 798 membership stood up in our recent union election and knocked it out of the park. Congratulations to Danny, Wade, and all the newly elected officers. And a special thank you to every candidate that sought office. Participating in our Local’s affairs makes us stronger, and that makes us all winners.