• Blue Light Report Southeast - March April 2018
    I am writing this report after returning from Florida. These past couple of months have been spent traveling around, meeting and greeting people, and exploring all the job opportunities that are coming up for bid in the South.
  • Blue Light Report Southwest - March / April 2018
    I am writing my report in route to the Colorado Water & Energy Conference. The conference will bring together U.S and Canadian senior leaders in Energy Development and Water Infrastructure planning. I am looking forward to sitting at the table with the men and women who plan infrastructure development in Colorado and throughout the West. I will do my best to relay that Local 798 is looking to be a partner in the construction of all pipelines planned for future development.
  • Blue Light Report Midwest - March / April 2018
    The 2018 work season has started already, and this year will be another busy one for everyone. The mainline work will again be in the Northeast to get the Marcellus and Utica Shale Natural Gas out of the gas fields to be distributed to American homes and businesses. Natural gas will be the product that keeps our members working for many years to come.
  • Blue Light Report Texas - March / April 2018
    So far, 2018 is starting out like last year. Several projects have gone out for bid in Texas, but our fair contractors have had no success picking up any jobs. Everyone’s saying the same thing: the work is going cheap.
  • Blue Light Report Northeast - March / April 2018
    The 2018 Steward School is fast approaching, and I would like to encourage everyone to attend. This annual meeting is an important part of our Local’s rich history. Not only will you learn about the agreement and our precedents and practices, but you will have the opportunity to spend time with those members you have not seen in a while. I have always looked forward to attending this event and hopefully the membership will share in my enthusiasm by making their reservations after reading this article. If you are going to be a part of this great Local, then actually be a part of it by being in Tulsa April 9th-13th.
  • Blue Light Central - March / April 2018
    Well, I’m sure that we are all ready for spring, ready for both the work to break and for Steward School. The Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference in Pittsburgh echoed that there is a multitude of proposed energy projects for 2018. The two-billion-dollar Nexus pipeline in Ohio is progressing. In December, they started cutting and clearing in preparation for kicking off the 255-mile pipeline that begins near Hanoverton in Columbiana County, Ohio, and will connect to existing natural gas pipelines in Michigan. As of this report, Latex sent in a notification for its 80 miles of 36” mainline. Unfortunately, some other projects are still waiting on state and water permits or facing environmental resistance. This reinforces the need to stay on top of our Action Network page. Pipeliners Local 798’s participation at the conference was well received. It is apparent we are making a large footprint in the industry. Our booth provides an occasion to build relationships with the oil and gas community, promote 798 labor as a valuable resource for successful projects, and to organize non-union contractors.  
  • Blue Light Mid Atlantic - March / April 2018
    I am writing this report after returning home from the Tennessee Pipe Trades in East TN. It was a very informative meeting and it was enjoyable getting to meet with the business managers and agents from various locals around the area. I also had a good visit with those who attended Local 798’s January membership meeting. Danny had a great message to present to the membership, as well as highlighting upcoming work that will brighten our future. Congratulations to Justin Wallace for being successful in the recent election as Financial Secretary-Treasurer. I’m looking forward to working with him as I’m sure he will serve our Local in a successful and professional manner.
  • Blue Light Dispatch - March / April 2018
    This message is very important to all members and applies to those who utilize the Out-of-Work wheel, as well as those who are dispatched or contract hired. The new DOT drug testing laws will impact many of us. I am referring to the addition of testing for semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone. Some of the common brand names for these are OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, Exalgo and Dilaudid. There may be others that I am unaware of.
  • Blue Light Report - March / April 2018
    Brothers and Sisters, Hopefully, by the time you receive this report the work this spring will have sprung. I fully expect that we will shadow our record numbers and possibly could shatter the record of 12 million manhours set back in 1968. Could the work just dry up and disappear? If you spent your whole career in the pipeline industry, you’ve seen it go from wide open to dead still in a matter of months. It is important that you, as a member of Local 798, understand that almost every piece of fossil fuel infrastructure will be contested going forward into the future. Our opponents have developed new strategies to increase the financial risks of these pipeline projects. Blocking and stalling permits causes a viable concern for banks who finance the work. Bankers do not like risk, they like certainty. However, the strategy of delay is more than just economics. It is an opportunity for these opponents to not only raise “awareness,” but at the same time raise funds to oppose future projects.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - March / April 2018
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I’d like to thank the membership for entrusting me to serve as Financial Secretary-Treasurer of this great Local Union. I really appreciate that we were able to have a smooth transition as Wade Pilgreen moved into retirement. We had a really good turnout for the January membership meeting, with plenty of good information for members to take back home and to the jobsites. We finished up 2017 with just over 11.6 million manhours, which came in just short of the hours worked in 2008. I still believe 2018 may top both of those years.