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.
I want to thank everyone for the good job they are doing. This work season is just now coming in and most are working or have been offered work. We still have a lot of work to do this year and several large projects coming up for 2018. I have a few larger projects that should be coming up for bids in late June and July.
I am looking forward to seeing you in the field soon. I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous year. We are now working under our new agreement so be sure to read it because there are a few changes. It is everyone’s job to make sure our work is protected and our agreement is followed.
Goodlettsville, TN. 9,123’ of 12’. Welder Foreman: Frankie Wilbanks. Superintendent: Matthew Himschoot. Working 6-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 8-1-17.
Forrest City, NC. Various Fabrication and Station work. Welder Foreman: Marty Garrison. Superintendent: Thomas Born. Working 6-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 6-2-17.
Alexandria, KY. 8.3 miles of 24” Deactivation. Welder Foreman: Randy Wyatt. Superintendent: Ralph Pfister. Working 5-8s. Maintenance. Approx. completion 6-30-17.
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I am writing this report after returning from Florida. These past couple of months have been spent traveling around, meeting and greeting people, and exploring all the job opportunities that are coming up for bid in the South.
I am writing my report in route to the Colorado Water & Energy Conference. The conference will bring together U.S and Canadian senior leaders in Energy Development and Water Infrastructure planning. I am looking forward to sitting at the table with the men and women who plan infrastructure development in Colorado and throughout the West. I will do my best to relay that Local 798 is looking to be a partner in the construction of all pipelines planned for future development.
The 2018 work season has started already, and this year will be another busy one for everyone. The mainline work will again be in the Northeast to get the Marcellus and Utica Shale Natural Gas out of the gas fields to be distributed to American homes and businesses. Natural gas will be the product that keeps our members working for many years to come.
So far, 2018 is starting out like last year. Several projects have gone out for bid in Texas, but our fair contractors have had no success picking up any jobs. Everyone’s saying the same thing: the work is going cheap.