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:
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds our Local 798 family safe and healthy. By now, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every county and parish in the United States. I don’t know that anyone could have forecasted that this virus would sweep through our country with such intensity.
There is no way to describe the times in which we are living. We are walking through a situation that no one has dealt with before us. However, we do have work starting. Gas companies and contractors are proceeding with extreme caution.
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