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.
The ten-state jurisdiction that I cover, from Arkansas straight north to the Canadian border, will not be any different than it has been for several years. The work will consist of upgrades and maintenance of pipelines and stations that have been in service far too long and need to be updated to PHMSA and DOT Safety regulations. The Keystone XL and the Line 3 Replacement projects are still alive. I think by the end of 2018, both projects will be permitted and ready to lay pipe in 2019. I hate politics, but the current administration seems to be energy construction friendly, and I can’t help but think these permits will be granted. The economy is good, the 401(k) is doing great, and the pipeline work will be wide open when the weather breaks. It’s a great time to be a Pipeliner.
Your Local is in good shape and the envy of the entire United Association. We have been blessed with work since the 2007 boom. Business Manager Danny Hendrix, with the help of Jim Moss, David Barnett, Wade Pilgreen, and you, the membership, has stayed the course with a great plan that has worked very well and will keep your Local going forward for years ahead. Danny and Wade’s latest plan to bring in Justin Wallace to replace Wade as Financial Secretary-Treasurer after Wade’s retirement took a lot of thought. I am very proud of Justin for stepping up to help Danny keep this Local moving forward, serving the membership of this great Local with honesty, integrity, and a strong work ethic. Wade and Danny modeled a team effort for Justin when training him for his new position. This teamwork helps ensure the Local remains solvent and the membership well represented.
Congratulations Justin Wallace, keep up the hard work. Your mother and I, along with your entire family and 798 family, are proud of you.
The 2018 Steward School will be here before you know it and I am looking forward to seeing everyone who can come. Every year it seems to get better so make plans to come and meet new friends and enjoy the fellowship it brings.
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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.