I am proud to report that 798 stood union strong in Kenton, Ohio, at the ESS Action Protest on February 2. We had close to 100 in attendance. Thank you to all the members who made the trip and braved the cold. Thank you to Danny and Wade as well for the support and assistance with notifying members. The call blasts and our new action page website (www.action.local798.org) really spread the word in a hurry. Your participation impacts the effectiveness of our message against non-union labor and securing our future work. Remember, there is strength in numbers and together we can accomplish so much more.
Steward School is another opportunity for membership participation and to positively impact our union reputation. Steward School attendance provides a solid foundation of contract interpretations and job responsibilities. This annual meeting is beneficial for everyone, but essential for pipemen, welder foremen, and stewards. Jobs run much smoother if we are all on the same page, which conveys professionalism to contractors and gas companies. Send in your registration and plan for great fellowship, informative sessions, social events, and the charity basket auction. The computer class on Tuesday, April 11, also provides clarification and one-on-one instruction for the required weekly Steward Reports. This class is for all levels of computer skills. Whether this is your first time as a Steward, you hope to be a Steward in the future, or you are a Steward who needs to review and learn the updates, don’t miss this class.
Finally, I know many of you are anxious to start earning your 2017 man hours. The work in my area has started to thaw with several smaller projects scheduled to kick off in March. FERC has been quite busy with approval of the LEACH, NEXUS, and ROVER. No job notifications yet, but I anticipate something in the next few months. All the letters, calls, and township meetings have really paid off. We need to continue using these tools in support of all pipeline projects. If you haven’t already signed up for the new pipeliners’ action page, please do. I’ll see you at Steward School.
-Canton, OH. 6,185’ of 20” replacement in Stark County, OH for Dominion East Ohio. Superintendent: Jeff Smith. Welder Foreman: Dave Kandle. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 4/21/17.
-Akron, OH. 1,100’ of 8” replacement in Portage County, OH for Dominion East Ohio. Superintendent: Jeff Smith. Welder Foreman: Mike Albrecht. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 5/1/17.
Hopedale, OH. 6,400’ of 20” and 1,200’ of 10” new lay for Mark West. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3/18/17.
Maumee, OH. Install 10” meter skidded with 24” launcher for Energy Transfer Panhandle Eastern. Superintendent: Jim Shepler. Welder Foreman: Layne Richard. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2/15/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Marathon. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Lima, OH. 2” thru 12” mainline pump station in Allen County, OH for Marathon Petroleum Company. Superintendent: Matt Hill. Welder Foreman: Roger Myers. Working 4-10s and 1-8. Approx. completion 4/1/17.
Lima, OH. 150’ of 10” bolt-up in Allen County, OH for Marathon. Superintendent: Joe Pennington. Welder Foreman: Ryan Usry. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Hillard, OH. 2,000’ of 6” reroute and bore in Union and Mason Counties, OH. Superintendent: Jason Bruno. Welder Foreman: Michael Johnson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3/8/17.
Henkels and McCoy:
Wakeman, OH. Maintenance and anomaly investigation blanket work in various locations in OH, MI, and PA for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: J.C. Croft. Welder Foreman: Andy Anderson. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Dover, OH. 8,100’ of 12” new lay plus fabrication for Mark West. Superintendent: Joe Zadra. Welder Foreman: Matt Ward. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2/28/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Dominion and Mark West. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Dover, OH. Pre-fabrication for station for Energy Transfer. Superintendent: Gary Hawke. Welder Foreman: Aaron Schrontz. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 3/25/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Dominion, Mark West, Columbia Gas, Vectren and EQT. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
Middletown, OH. Install One 10” flange in Butler County, OH for Spectra Energy. Superintendent: Skip Holley. Welder Foreman: Glenn Nichols. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Brownstown, MI. Inspection digs in Wayne and Monroe Counties, MI for Buckeye Pipeline. Superintendent: Bill Ekleberry. Welder Foreman: Roger Williams. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Fairpoint, OH. 6” meter station in Belmont County, OH for Blue Racer Midstream. Superintendent: John Fitzwater. Welder Foreman: Ryan West. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
Battle Creek, MI. One 8” emergency dig for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company. Superintendent: Craig Scully. Welder Foreman: Keith Kongsjord. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Various locations in IN, MI, OH, PA. Integrity and maintenance blanket work for Buckeye. Superintendent: Bobby Westrater. Welder Foreman: Brian Boyett. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Freeport, OH. Assist nitrogen test and Two 12” tie-ins for Mark West. Superintendent: Rich Grasselli. Welder Foreman: Willard Watson. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
-Martins Ferry, OH. 21, 395’ of 20” new lay in Belmont County, OH for Mark West. Superintendent: Harry Rogers. Welder Foreman: Willard Watson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 5/1/17.
Various locations in IA, IN, MI, OH. Integrity and maintenance blanket work for BP Pipelines US. Superintendent: Nate Rickard. Welder Foreman: Bob Humphrey. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
Hubbard, OH. Blanket shop station fabrication for various gas companies. Superintendent: John Telesz. Welder Foreman: David Vasconi. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 4/30/17.
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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.