• 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.
  • Blue Light Report Midwest - July / August 2020
    I write this Blue Light report at the beginning of the fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic. This terrible virus could not have come at a worse time for pipeline workers that make their living away from home.
  • Blue Light Report Northeast - July / August 2020
    The work in the Northeast is beginning to pick up somewhat, but it’s still slower than the previous three work seasons.  At this time, there have been 55 jobs pre-jobbed or amended.  For the entire year of 2019, that number was 125.  These numbers show that this year looks to be similar to last year. Most of these 55 jobs are small Integrity Maintenance projects or small gathering projects that don’t employ the large number of people it takes to man a mainline project.
  • Blue Light Report Texas - July / August 2020
    I hope everyone has stayed safe through this pandemic that has plagued the country. A lot of us have been through some very bad times.
  • Blue Light Report Southeast - July / August 2020
    Since my last report, I have been spending numerous hours on the phone.  I had the opportunity to visit with a few RMS hands in Grand Chenier, Louisiana.  Work has been at a standstill in my jurisdiction, but I hope it will pick up as our country gets back to work after this pandemic. 
  • Blue Light Report Mid-Atlantic - July / August 2020
    As I’m sure you are aware, the country is still plagued with COVID-19. Although things are beginning to return to a partial state of normality, we are still having issues getting some work started.
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - July / August 2020
    I hope this report finds everyone doing well.  This year has had a difficult start, that’s for sure.  First, the COVID-19 virus, then the market was reeling, coupled with falling oil prices.  As if that wasn’t enough, now we are witnessing unrest across our country from violent protests.  Hopefully, by the time you receive this report, we will have returned to some state of normality, which will certainly be welcome and long overdue.  It is time to get Americans back on the job sites to not only provide for our families but to begin rebuilding what has been lost or destroyed.
  • Blue Light Report Central - July / August 2020
    With the doors reopened at the union hall along with the training center and PIBF, it seems we are returning to normal.  The new world of COVID-19 requires safe, appropriate guidelines that include social distancing, restricted large gatherings, and temperature checks.  This is no time to let our guard down.  If the 2020 quarantine taught us anything, our daily routine must include common sense and personal responsibility. 
  • Blue Light Report Southwest - July / August 2020
    I hope this report finds everybody well.  At the writing of this report, negotiations of our contract seemed to be complete.  However, we are still waiting on the PLCA to sign.  I thank Danny, Justin, and the UA Pipeline Department for the many hours spent getting a new contract put together.  The nature of negotiations is a give and take, and that is what happened in these negotiations. Nobody likes change, but the times are changing.   The non-union sector is more competitive than we have ever seen, and we have to embrace some of these changes in order to get the work.