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.
Dispatch Numbers Comparison
January 1 – June 6
January 31 – December 31
We dispatched 1,344 people in April, and 1,204 in May. I want to take this opportunity to thank Terry Langley, Jerry Ryan, Charles Yates, Jr., and David Butterworth, for coming into the Dispatch Office to help during this time of work overflow. And, we cannot go without mentioning Ronnie Hill and the Business Agents who have done everything they could to help. Also, we thank our Sister Locals who have lent us their hands so we could man our work.
Above all, the ladies in the Dispatch Office - Cathy Blackmore, Cynthia Martin, and Jennifer Sanders-Musick - have worked countless hours to help ensure our members go to work. They have worked 10, 12, and 13-hour days, six days a week. They are still working long hours, six days a week, to get everyone to the job and on time if possible. We cannot thank them enough for the dedication they have shown to this Local.
Justin Hornback, Organizer, is working in Dispatch to help us while we are dealing with this large load of work. We have also hired two more office professionals to help in Dispatch. So, along with the work increases, we are in the middle of training new hands. However, they are catching on quickly and are tremendous assets to the Dispatch Office now.
Also, to the members, who regardless of being tired from a long work winter, have loaded up and manned the work, THANK YOU!
The wheel is low with 220 Welders, 16 Journeymen, and 231 Helpers. Most of these people have only been on the wheel about a month. In closing, I want to thank you, the members, for the opportunity to serve you.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds you well. At the time of this writing, the National Pipeline Agreement is finalized. I won’t go into great detail here, but by the time this report reaches you, the contract will be posted on our website and mailed to every member.
First, I would like to mention how the new NPLA will affect calculating hours in regard to waiting time. If benefits are not paid on those hours, they will not be counted toward your 300 hours. Please be aware, you could arrive at 299.5 hours and retain your spot on the Out-of-Work List. Remember, you are guaranteed 300 hours of National Agreement work per Out-of-Work Date.
MDLIVE - Virtual Medical Visit Option The MDLIVE program launched May 1, 2020. Hopefully, you have all registered and set up a profile for you and your dependents to use should you need the service. It is a great idea to do this in advance of your first virtual visit.