David Butterworth and I will be traveling to New York to attend various meetings for the Northern Access Pipeline Project. The Northern Access consists of 97 miles of 24” pipeline, new lay in northern Pennsylvania and New York. These meetings are going to play a big part in the way pipelines are being permitted and looked at on a government and environmental level. If you receive a call blast to attend these meetings, do your best to attend. It will make a big difference in permitting these projects. The Rover Pipeline and the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline have received FERC approval, which means these projects should be starting up by early summer. The Mariner East (Sunoco) Pipeline should also be getting underway soon. Smaller projects are starting to pick up around the Northeast, and there should be a good amount of maintenance work to come. I hope everyone has a good 2017.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Steward School April 10-14 this year. If you have not made reservations, please do so ASAP, as the rooms will go fast. Let’s make this Steward School one of the best. There are a lot of our members who need to attend and see what Local 798 is all about: the lunches, the Retiree Dinner, and the Ladies of 798. The NPLA will be read in its entirety this year. We have a few members who need to sit through Black’s version of PIPELINE ETIQUETTE. Actually, we have a lot of them, so please attend.
I have been getting a lot of calls about when I’m going to retire. I’m going to make it easy. My plans are to retire after Steward School 2017. I thank Danny, Wade and the membership for allowing me to serve in the capacity of Business Agent. All of you have made my job easy in so many ways. I will continue to visit with each of you at meetings. I will also be available in any way to help in the future. David Butterworth will take over the duties in the Northeast and will do an amazing job. You are in very capable hands.
I want to thank all my fellow Business Agents, Organizers, David Barnett, and our leadership for making this job memorable. We learned from each other and learned we could depend on each other. I also want to thank my close friends and family for their support. I appreciate you more than you know. I look forward to spending more time with you. I want to thank a man who brought this union back to the forefront, Jim Moss. Jim took us all under his wing and made us understand what it means to be a union member, along with making sure the NPLA was upheld. Jim had the wisdom to bring in Danny Hendrix and in October 2006, Danny hired me as an Agent. From that day, I have not looked back. What a journey it has been. Thanks to all and God Bless.
If I can help in anyway, please call.
As Always, Be Safe! Be Proud! Be Union!
Blue Flame Pipeline:
Smithburg, WV. Five miles of 24” and three miles of 20” pipeline new lay for Antero Resources. Welder Foreman: Robert Morris. Superintendent: Cliff Frymier. Working 6- 10s. High Scale.
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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.
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.
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.
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.