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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Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is a great time to be a pipeliner in Local 798. With over two million man hours worked this year, I would say that the work season is off to a fantastic start. The great news is that the work doesn’t appear to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. After seeing a record-breaking number of man hours worked in April, I predict that this will be a trend for the coming months as well. With that in mind, we must do our best to fulfill our obligation to our fair contractors. To fulfill our end of the bargain, we have nearly exhausted the Out-of-Work Lists and have heavily utilized the application list. In doing so, we have taken in many new members this year and will continue to do that to man the work. I ask that our long-time members welcome these new Brothers and Sisters to our membership and set the bar high for what it truly means to be a Local 798 member.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like to begin my remarks today by thanking everyone who has stepped up and helped man our work. These are indeed historical times for our Local due to the sheer volume of members we are sending out to these jobs. And I am also excited about the new members we are receiving during this time. It is our responsibility to welcome and educate these new members on the standards of becoming a UA member. Black Schroeder and Guy Williams gave excellent presentations at Steward School. These presentations can be viewed on our website, www.local798.org, under the media tab. I would like to highlight just a few key points. Pipeline etiquette is making others feel comfortable by the way you behave, and thinking of others before yourself, because people will remember how you made them feel, whether good or bad. We must practice this belief on and off the ROW. It must become ingrained in us to treat others with respect and to be kind in our dealings with others. The etiquette of business is a set of written and unwritten rules of conduct: show up on time; be drug and alcohol free; help fellow members in time of need; support unionism and the oath of obligation; protect UA work; and protect the UA constitution and abide by it. Remember there is a proper chain of command when dealing with issues on the ROW. Always start with the Welder Foreman, then proceed to the Job Steward, then to the Business Agent if needed. Any type of harassment on the job will not be tolerated, neither will any type of disrespect to the Welder Foreman, Job Steward, or any UA member. Many people become UA members because they expect to be treated fairly, and are willing to abide by our code of conduct.
The work exploded April 10, 2017. We had the largest order EVER for one day. During my two years as Dispatcher, we’ve had 65, 73 or 80 dispatches to perform in a day. On April 10, 2017, we had orders for 150 people, approximately 50 welders and 100 helpers. It stayed at that volume for over a week. During the surge in 2008, we only had one or two days of 100 dispatches.
I am writing this report from home. The work, as you know, is great. We are having a hard time filling some of these jobs, so I encourage you, if you aren’t already working, to apply for jobs on the Job Line. We need everyone’s help in manning these jobs because if we don’t man the work, the non-union will. Let’s not let the non-union get any stronger than they already are. The work in my area is manned up for now, but I am still sending in a few hands on the special agreement work.