Bluelight Dispatch - Mar/Apr 2017

March is here! I sincerely hope I am sending out Welders, Journeymen and Helpers in large numbers soon after you get this report. We have no guarantees at this point, but it appears permitting jobs may get easier. Job notifications, followed by Pre-Jobs, will be flowing into the dispatch office soon.

Until then, take time to take care of the details concerning you.

Your phone number. Make sure it is correct and you have a second number on file so we can call and leave a message if your first number is in a bad service area or damaged.

E-Mail address. Get one. Make sure you have it on file here in our office. Make sure to write the password down somewhere you can always find it.

Make sure you are on the wheel. Check and double check to make sure. Know where you are on the wheel. I will be calling off the top. Don’t let me sneak up on you unprepared. It would be better to find and take a job before getting into a desperate situation where you must take whatever job I have available that day.

Place your name back on the wheel within five days any time you are laid off or terminated, regardless of the cause. If you have not exceeded your allotted hours, you could possibly return to your original Out-of-Work Date which would be much lower on the wheel when you return.

Read the Dispatch Policy. Understand how the hours are calculated. When you start a new Out-of-Work Date you are allowed 300 hours on National Pipeline Agreement work. We usually refer to this work as “high scale.” If you go to work on a new Out-of-Work Date and work high scale for 299 hours, and are then laid off, run off for bad welds, or miss a test, you will retain your original Out-of-Work position. If you work 300 hours, you will start over with a new Out-of-Work Date. We count all hours that benefits are paid on, regardless of the UA local you are working in.

Hours are combined if you work high scale on one job, say 200 hours, then are laid off and go back to work. The hours follow you and add up. If you go out on a new Out-of-Work Date and end up working only Intermediate or Special Agreement low scale, then you could work up to 599 hours, get laid off, and still be at your original Out-of-Work Date. If you reach 600 hours, and are then laid off, you will start at the bottom with a new Out-of-Work Date.

Here is another scenario. If you go to work and you work 200 hours high scale, get laid off, get back on the wheel and go to work on anything less than high scale, then you are allowed a combination of 449 before losing your position.

In closing, I want to wish everyone a great work season. It looks very promising. Get ready for it. Be prepared to work as long as this boom holds out. Thank God, our future looks so bright the next few years.

Out-of-Work Roster Voice Mail (918) 663-3200

Position on Out-of-Work List (918) 610-2746

Jobline (918) 610-2745

 

Numbers on the wheel as of this writing:

Welders: 961

Journeymen: 188

Helpers: 848

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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.