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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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.