This Blue Light report follows a tour of job visits. It was good to meet with so many hands both in the yard and on the ROW. We have received positive feedback from contractors regarding performance and progress. Overall, the jobs in my area are going smoothly and our clients are pleased. Thank you all for your dedication to 798, long hours, and meeting the clients’ deadlines. In fact, the Utopia is maintaining a less than one percent repair rate.
We’ve also been fortunate to take in some excellent new people who have been a positive addition to our Local. With all this work, it has been a challenge to fill orders. This has been an opportunity for organizing the nonunion sector. We have taken away key personnel from non-union contractors, which has crippled their work force and strengthened ours. Danny, Wade, Black, Chad, and Ronnie have been vital to these efforts. We’ve pulled together to organize every corner of the United States.
There are still many more jobs to visit. Looking forward to seeing you sometime this summer. Work safe and stand together, union strong.
Cicero, IN. Install fabrication 2” through 4” at gate setting for Energy Transfer. Superintendent: Jim Shepler. Welder Foreman: Layne Richard. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6/10/17.
Clarington, OH. 3.6 miles of 24” and .6 miles of 16” new lay in Monroe County, OH for Rice Energy. Superintendent: James Prichard. Welder Foreman: James “Bennie” Thompson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9/1/17.
10” anomaly digs in Indiana for Marathon. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Dave Nellis. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Decataur, IN. 10” anomaly dig for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Brian Zapachenk. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
North Judson, IN. 10” emergency digs for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Brian Zapachenk. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Indiana. 24” in-line inspection facility modifications and pipeline replacement via HDD for NIPSCO. Superintendent: Tim Dunn. Welder Foreman: Keith Knox. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 10/31/17.
Martins Ferry, OH. 8,500’ of 20” for Mark West. Superintendent: Joe Zadra. Welder Foreman: Kevin Callahan. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6/17/17.
Pittsboro, IN. Take-up 27,000’ of 8” and replace with 12” for Vectren. Superintendent: Dusty Schaaf. Welder Foreman: Eric Haskins. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8/15/17.
Danville, IN. 12” meter station of 42” mainline for Tall Grass. Superintendent: Kerry Schott. Welder Foreman: Stan Veckman. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7/1/17.
Six Lakes, MI. 4” retire well head valves plus cut and cap flow line for Mich-Con. Superintendent: George Lewis. Welder Foreman: Danny Fate. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
Columbus, MI. 40’ of 6” integrity digs for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: Justin Robinet. Welder Foreman: Daniel Barcow. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
St. Ignace, MI. Line 5 hydrotest 8 miles of 20” for Enbridge. Superintendent: Orvin Haugen. Welder Foreman: Pat Deboer. Working 6-10s. Approx. comple- tion 6/30/17.
Blanket integrity and maintenance work for BP Pipeline in various locations. Superintendent: Nate Rickard. Welder Foreman: Bob Humphrey. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 12/31/17.
Rochester Hills, MI. Replace 240’ of 36” for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Phil Randall. Welder Foreman: Garrett Roquet. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Mt. Morris, MI. Construction removal of 12” and installation of 98,831’ of 24” for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Jeff Sanderson. Welder Foreman: Joe Norris. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9/21/17.
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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.
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.
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.
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.