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.
One of the best ways to prepare for the work season is to attend Steward School. Our week-long event is an atmosphere of fellowship while interacting with Brother and Sister members beyond the ROW. Join contractors, sister local representatives, keynote speakers, and special guests from the UA for our annual opportunity to brush-up on contract knowledge through interpretations, Q & A, and updates. One such industry update is the new DOT policy regarding opiate prescriptions. I’m sure this topic will be discussed at length during our Steward School sessions. Those who want to be Stewards this year, be sure to sign-up for the Steward Reporting Class.
In conclusion, I want to acknowledge the official January retirement of our Financial Secretary-Treasurer Wade Pilgreen. I’m happy for him, yet sad to see him go. Wade has been a great friend and union brother who indeed made things a little bit better every day with his work ethic, sense of humor, and dedication to 798. He will truly be missed. Best wishes to both Wade and Toni for a peaceful retirement. Justin Wallace, however, has provided a smooth transition and will pursue the office of Financial Secretary-Treasurer with the same heart and focus as his predecessor. Congratulations Justin for being the unopposed nominee and officially being sworn in at the January regular membership meeting.
If I can be of assistance, please contact me. Remember to always support our Ladies of 798, especially at Steward School.
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I struggle with my words today to communicate the value of your work and advocacy going forward. We have been blessed abundantly for the last ten years, and the work outlook remains robust, but there are demons at our door.
Work is in full swing, and it is an amazing time to be a Local 798 Pipeliner! Looking at man-hours, we are pretty much even with where we were by this time last year. If you are working on one of our larger projects, you’ve probably noticed a Local 798 Action Network banner hanging in your warehouse location.
If you have a job, hang onto it! It appears we have reached the point where most of our large projects are nearly fully manned. I believe we will have work through the fall of this year. However, it will not be at the rate we have experienced this summer.
We are well into the work season and as you are aware, it is great. We have jobs going in almost all parts of the country and still have jobs waiting to start. The work in KY is picking up as well.