I am writing this report after returning home from the Tennessee Pipe Trades in East TN. It was a very informative meeting and it was enjoyable getting to meet with the business managers and agents from various locals around the area. I also had a good visit with those who attended Local 798’s January membership meeting. Danny had a great message to present to the membership, as well as highlighting upcoming work that will brighten our future. Congratulations to Justin Wallace for being successful in the recent election as Financial Secretary-Treasurer. I’m looking forward to working with him as I’m sure he will serve our Local in a successful and professional manner.
The work in my area is still slow for now. The winter has been hard and has influenced some of the work getting started. It looks like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will get started by early spring. There will be plenty of work this year, so if you are needing to improve your skill sets, now is a good time to go to the Training Center and brush up.
Steward School is just around the corner. I hope you are making plans to attend. It is sure to be an educational, as well as a fun event. I hope to see you on the ROW soon. If I can be of help, don’t hesitate to call.
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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.