Bluelight Midwest - July 2017

The work in my area is still slow, with some Integrity Maintenance work starting to open in North Dakota and Minnesota. The month of June will be busy for me, going to the town hall meetings in Nebraska to support the Keystone XL Pipeline. This battle has been going on since 2010 when we started attending these meetings. Now it’s round two with new leadership in Washington, DC, that supports oil and gas projects. I feel that the KXL will go next year with some Station Work possibly in late 2017.

The next project is the Enbridge Line # 3 Replacement in Minnesota. There will be around 22 town hall meetings during the month of June scattered across Minnesota. I will be at most of these and would invite anyone to come to support these projects. If you are working and cannot make a meeting, ask your family members to try and attend. Also, you and your family members should join the American Pipeline Action Network. Once you’ve registered on the Action Network, the hard part is done. Then all you have to do to get involved is click and sign the petitions that are sent to the politicians in your area. This is an easy way to get involved with helping your Local fight for the permits on future pipeline jobs. There is power in big groups of concerned citizens putting pressure on the people in Washington who make these decisions. You don’t have to be a union member to show support.

Local 798 members, you should be maxing out your 2,200 hours this year to gain the two retirement credits. What a great way to build your retirement. The north- eastern states are booming with several good jobs that will last all work season. We need to take advantage of these job opportunities while we have them. I think this boom will go through 2018 with the projected work on the books. This is an exciting time to be a 798 Pipeliner so take advantage of these times while they’re here. And always, work safe.

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  • Bluelight Report - July 2017
    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.
  • Bluelight Report - July 2017
    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.
  • Bluelight Dispatch - July 2017
    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.
  • Bluelight Mid Atlantic - July 2017
    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.